Among other activities, the ICA has established a network of community oncology nurses, stoma nurses, breast health nurses and social workers, patient navigators, and psycho-oncological staff members, who receive ongoing professional training sessions provided by the ICA.
The ICA continues to provide funding for special nursing and social work positions for healthcare professionals who serve as breast cancer care coordinators and patient navigators accompanying patients across the disease trajectory. This ICA-initiated project aims to accompany the breast cancer patient throughout the entire period that breast cancer remains a personal concern - from diagnosis and treatment to follow-up - and to provide her with information, support and assistance, thus helping to significantly ease the burden of coping with the disease. This service is currently provided in many medical centers across the country. Some of these centers have already permanently established this service, and the ICA continues to update the personnel who meet at ICA headquarters throughout the year. Thanks to ICA's efforts, a national network of health professionals has been formed to maintain ongoing contact with breast cancer patients, and attend to their well-being.
The ICA provides funding for Breast Cancer Care Coordinator and Patient Navigator posts as well as Palliative Care Nursing posts at the following medical centers: Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Poriyah Medical Center in Tiberias, Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Upper Galilee Hospice and Clalit Health Services.
The ICA continues to provide funding for Social Work positions at the following medical centers: Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Ha'emek Medical Center in Afula, Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Hadassah Mt. Scopus and Hadassah Ein Karem Medical Centers in Jerusalem, Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, "Edy's House" - Ma'agan Community Support Center for Cancer Patients and their Families in Beer-Sheva, Clalit Health Services and Maccabi Healthcare Services.
The ICA continues to provide funding for psychology positions in oncology units at the following oncology institutes: Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Ha'emek Medical Center in Afula, Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Bnei Zion Medical Center in Haifa, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel in Petah Tikva, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin, and Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.
The ICA continues to support diet and nutrition services at the following medical centers: Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tzrifin and Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.
The ICA continues to provide the necessary funding for professional posts for the complicated procedure of autologous (self-donated) bone marrow transplantations and donor bone marrow transplantations, in children with cancer, at the Pediatric Oncology Center at Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel in Petah Tikva. The ICA has helped finance the unit's operation since its establishment, and continues to assist in financing its personnel employment and training. Additionally, assistance has been provided to pediatric oncology wards at Hadassah Medical Center Ein Karem Campus, Tel Aviv Medical Center, and Rambam Health Care Campus, where ICA assisted in the set-up of the hospital's Pediatric Oncology Ward.
This Bank was established as a joint venture between the Magen David Adom Blood Service, Wolfson Medical Center and the Hadassah Medical Organization, with funding from a generous donation provided by the Friends of the ICA in London, headed by Vered Aharon. This ICA-funded national service is operated by the Magen David Adom Blood Service. ICA's financial assistance has helped purchase a freezer for preserving umbilical cord blood dedicated in memory of the late Natalie Shaya and has also funded a part-time lab technician position to manage the Cord Blood Bank. Additionally, one year's salary has been financed for an employee to collect cord blood doses in labor and delivery rooms at the Hadassah Medical Center, Ein Karem Campus.
The ICA continues to operate the Home Hospice Services at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, a hospice established with ICA's assistance. The ICA also continues to support healthcare programs incorporating palliative care and psycho-social nursing care, which are provided at hospices and through Home Hospice Services throughout the country, and aimed at providing palliative care for advanced stage cancer patients. These ICA-assisted programs are run at medical centers and community clinics across Israel.