Indian American Cancer Network (IACAN) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to help people of South-Asian descent affected by cancer. IACAN network offers various services to both patients and care givers through their network of liaisons
Our mission is to be a cancer resource network that educates and supports the Indian American community.
Every Indian American reduces cancer risk by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and no Indian American travels the cancer journey alone.
Promote awareness of prevention, diagnosis and treatment options
Mobilize diverse community resources
Provide training for caregivers, survivors and volunteers
Participate and interact with mainstream organizations
Address culture-specific grief, end of life/loss and bereavement issues
Indian Americans diagnosed with cancer face unique cultural and social issues. From linguistic barriers to dietary differences, they often feel alone in their journey. IACAN was established to assist them through the recovery process.
The Indian American community represents the second largest Asian group in Houston and continues to grow. Cancer is a major health concern among Indian Americans. It has touched the lives of almost every one through either a spouse, relative, friend or an acquaintance. The diagnosis of cancer can be frightening, depressing and devastating. Though there is help from relatives and friends, there is no organized central support system or a resource network in the community. Given the uniqueness of our population, we have distinct psychological, social and practical needs. The Indian American Cancer Network is designed to provide a diverse network of resources that will address the psycho-social and the cultural needs of the community.