Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Introducing IvyGene: "Patient-Friendly" Advancement in Early Cancer Detection

 "...the term 'cancer' is not a singular enemy; its a single term to represent hundreds of different cancer types-- all unique to their location in the body and their origin, and that makes screening/treating them a very specialized and a highly customized procedure."  Howard Prince, research specialist & patient advocate

Early detection and prevention pursuits have driven our medical community to invest heavily on the advancement of cancer screenings for every individual type of cancer.  So exists specialized scanning processes and tools such as colonoscopy, tomography, mammograms, mri's, PSA tests, PET Scans, skin exams- just to name a few.

Recently, a new form of blood test by LAM (Laboratory for Advanced Medicine) can confirm the presence of cancer as early as stage 1. It provides measurable data in the form of a score to make it easier to understand- while confirming the presence of cancer early, when it can be more easily managed and treated.   The score can be used as a baseline to measure treatment effectiveness.

Among the growing list of cancer treatment professionals and practices who subscribe to IvyGene’ s innovative screening capacity is clinical immunologist Dr. Jesse Stoff of Integrative Medicine of NY in Westbury.  As an integrative practitioner, Dr. Stoff is committed to staying on top of the latest in cancer treatment solutions available.  "IvyGene is similar to a liquid biopsy in terms of the technology. It is based on next-gen technology & next-gen sequencing," says Dr. Stoff. "(For my purposes), I use this test for people who don't have signs of cancer because it takes on average 10 years for cancer to go from a few cancer cells into a destructive tumor. And during that 10 year period of time these abnormal cells are firing off pieces of genetic material into the blood stream as these cells die. And die they do because cancer cells are genetically unstable. That's part of the definition of cancer. The problem is they multiply faster than they die. So, that's how you get in trouble. As the cells die, they release material into the bloodstream that the IvyGene test is designed to pick up and act as an early warning where something is starting to grow someplace you need to pay attention to."

According to an interview with LAM representative Caleb Allen, "...our mission is to make cancer testing available and affordable for everyone. We work closely with thousands of physicians nationwide to provide early cancer confirmation and save lives sooner. Unlike many genetic tests that use DNA to determine the propensity or possibility of developing cancer over time, the IvyGene test confirms actual disease presence at the time of testing."

Physicians who accepted the use of IvyGene to confirm cancer presence typically suggests it's use if the patient:

  • has genetic propensity for development of cancer
  • has suspicious imaging (PET, Mammo, CT) and needs confirmation
  • has had cancer in the past, IvyGene monitors for remission
  • is undergoing cancer treatment now
  • is experiencing under-diagnosed health issues

SCIENCE: Using highly advanced technology, the team identified specific gene targets in human DNA that correlate with cancer presence. Then, the IvyGene technology measures certain ratios at those specific gene targets. This results in a simple score that is either (a) elevated and consistent with the presence of cancer or (b) “normal” and not consistent with cancer presence.  

 See video insert from Overview of theIvyGene Science

A recent trend in testing kits commercially distributed to physicians and/or direct to the consumer, are changing the way patients are receiving treatment and billed.  Packaging lab testing services from anywhere in the country through a portable (mailable) transport kit is a most cost effective and efficient way to expand public access to and from any specialized lab service(s).  This kit-concept allows access of a specialized lab from anywhere in the country to partner with any clinic or practice.  This streamlines the retrieval and delivery of acquired blood samples to the designated lab and greatly eliminating a number of steps and "overhead" expenses.  Instead of building a high-priced lab in each city, county or state, there is now just once central lab for the entire country.

A firefighter's emergency rescue work often brings exposure to a wide range of hazardous (and potentially carcinogenic) substances. A recent study from the IAFF shows a significant percentage of firefighters will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime. Others studies indicate that firefighters are up to 2X at risk for developing certain cancers. It is for this reason that and its clinical partners including Integrative Medicine of NY  helped to publicly introduce genetic testing protocols and such scanning/diagnostic innovations as the IvyGene solution to the community.  Originally founded for 9/11 survivors and victims, the 911CancerScan program brings informational and resource access to any and all first responders to address this health risk.  See the Firefighter Cancer Support Network website for more information. Also see the recent report from WFAA, Dallas, regarding cancer and prevention policies for Firefighters:


Jesse A. Stoff is a highly-credentialed medical expert studying all medical remedies in pursuit of resolving the most challenging health issues of our time. In many circles, he is recognized for his 35+ years of dedicated work in immunology and advanced clinical research in modern CANCER treatments. He has spoken worldwide in some of the most sought-after medical conferences about his experiences and analyses on the study of human disease. His integrative practice (INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE OF NY, Westbury, NY) has been continually providing all patients with the many comprehensive clinical options and modalities available- including "ONCO-IMMUNOLOGY", the science of battling cancer cells and reversing pre-cancerous conditions through a complete prevention program that has earned him great success in this field.  For more information, visit:

This feature article is a non-commercial news presentation intended to provide topical news coverage and public reports with individuals pertaining to cancer diagnostic solutions.  It's sole purpose is to present the intention of any/all products mentioned for public awareness and is not meant as a marketing endorsement in any way.  Awareness for a Cure, the NY Cancer Resource Alliance, its' editors, producers, writers and sponsors (otherwise known as "publishers") take no liability for any results or statements published from/about the subject and does not provide any legal, technical, scientific or consultation advice through this article.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

"Surviving the Legal Red Tape of WTC Victims"- An Interview with Michael Barasch

By: Lisa Vento-Nielsen, Lizbieta Sansal & Carmen R. Dewitt
(Editorial staff @

Our 9/11 Health Report presents an exclusive interview with Mr. Michael Barasch of Barasch & McGarry; a nationally-recognized law firm dedicated to victims with post-9/11 illnesses.  Awareness for a Cure explores the many concerns and complex issues of being a 9/11 survivor- from the health and medical aspects to the social and political landscape to defining of the policies of being certified with the WTCHealth Program.  Very few can bring clarity to all these perspectives in a way that Mr. Barasch has been able to provide us.

Q: You had a front row seat to the points of view of many first responders. From your conversations with your clients, can you give us some insight on what it was like to be in their shoes?
What I did hear was that because the buildings were on fire for 99 days, it was ridiculously hot. It was really like working in hell finding body parts while it was 120 degrees or hotter the closer you got to the flames. You can't imagine the conditions that these guys worked in, and not just the firefighters and the cops, but the steel workers, the construction workers, the debris removal people. They don't get nearly enough credit for what they did to retrieve as many body parts as possible. What I heard was (and this comes from conversations I've had with hundreds of guys) was you couldn't breathe without the mask, but you couldn't communicate if you had the mask on.

Q: What types of injuries in your experience are most commonly reported both then and now?
Respiratory illnesses were the most common illnesses but NOW it is cancer. Miraculously, nobody died during the rescue and recovery operation, although they're certainly dying now. My office alone represents over 500 people who have died as a result of the 9/11 cancers. That's shocking, the WTC Health Program Reported that over 10,000 people in the 9/11 community have been diagnosed and certified with WTC cancers and more than 2,000 people have had their deaths linked to the 68 cancers.

Q: After almost 20 years since the disaster, we have federal and state programs to support our first responders and victims of 9/11.  Do you feel they're doing enough of the right thing for us?
Congress finally did the right thing. After the EPA misled everybody by assuring us that “the air was safe,” we then had the medical proof that the air was not safe, and was in fact causing serious respiratory illnesses. Doctors have now linked 68 cancers to the toxins. When they did the autopsy report of Jimmy Zadroga, who was also one of my clients, they found ground-glass, asbestos, benzene, chromium, lead, and other carcinogens in his lung tissue. That was the evidence that the medical community needed to link WTC toxins to these terrible diseases and wrongful deaths. Congress created the Heath Program, and if you're certified by the Heath Program with an 9/11 illness, then you're entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, and your lost income.

There are latency periods, so if you were diagnosed with cancer too soon after 9/11/01, obviously it's not caused by your toxic exposure. But doctors have come up with the proper latency period based on statistics that they have, that other epidemiologists have, that tell us that if a cancer was diagnosed after September of 2005, that it was more likely than not caused by the toxic exposure. This is what the doctors say, this is what the Health Program says, so I'm just trying to follow their lead and get compensation for people who have certified illnesses.

Q: So as an attorney representing a 9/11 client, what's the standard process in helping them get the health care and compensation they need and deserve?  Also, what's the approval process?
I have to (first) register them in both the Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Both the Health Program and the compensation fund want to see that claimants had significant enough exposure to be eligible to be certified. If you were just there visiting for one hour on October 7th, it's not enough, it's not enough exposure. There are certain parameters that the doctors and epidemiologists say is mandatory – a certain amount of exposure for your illness to be linked to the toxic dust.

If you can prove that you were disabled as a result of your cancer or severe pulmonary illness, and you've been found disabled say by worker's compensation, or social security disability, or the Police Pension Board, or the Fire Department Pension Board, then you would be entitled to lost income as well, and some money also for your pain and suffering. So there are two elements, there's non-economic loss which is pain and suffering, and then there is lost income which is what you get if found disabled.

Q: ... So the first step is for the individual to be certified?
Yes, we have to get them certified by the WTC Health Program first. Claimants must get the proof from witnesses to sign affidavits confirming that they were there. Then they are examined by the health program doctors who review their old medical records. Once they're certified, we submit their applications to the VCF. If they don't get an award, we go to hearings all the time to present proof to try to get them found eligible. Sometimes claimants have a respiratory illness that is not eligible, but they also have a severe cancer that is eligible. Sometimes they are disabled, but only partially for their certified WTC illness. So we need to overcome that. We've had to hire economists. We do a lot of legal work, but a lot of it is also administrative.

Q: What do you see lacking in our current system or programs?
I have fought for them to open up another Heath Program clinic strictly for the downtown community. Right now there is an enormous wait, sometimes up to a year, for a downtown local resident or office worker to get into Bellevue Hospital where they do the World Trade Center Health Program examinations.  It sometimes takes a year to get an examination before you're certified, and that's just not right. So I’m glad to see that they have opened another clinic downtown.

Q: All systems are tested and challenged over time. Since its' inception, do you believe the design of the WTC Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund covers everyone accurately?
There's a real danger because while the heath program was reauthorized for 70 years, the Victim Compensation Fund was only re-authorized for five years, and it's going to expire at the end of 2020. Well, guess what? The doctors tell me and I'm seeing it in my office, people continue to get sick, to get cancers, and to die at alarming rates. It's truly heartbreaking. This will no doubt continue. Congress has to do the right thing by extending the Victim Compensation Fund, because people aren't going to stop getting sick, and they're certainly not going to stop dying. So we've got to take care of these families for when their spouse, father, or child dies.  After all, the only thing these people did wrong was believe the EPA when they said "the air is safe".


1) Awareness for a Cure:
2) NYCRA -NY Cancer Resource Alliance:
3) L.I. Caregivers Group-
4) Immunology Today Magazine:
5) 9/11 Cancer Resources-
6) The Balance After Cancer Foundation -
7) Best Answer for Cancer:
8) LI2Day Walk-

Awareness for a Cure gives special thanks to Mr. Michael Barasch for his generosity and insight in the making of this feature and for his research and experience in providing first-hand information about 9/11 related topics. Our publishers also wish to extend our gratitude to Mr. John Feal of the FealGood foundation for giving us the education we needed to publish our newsletter. Also to Ms. Amanda Granek and Ms. Kate Monaghan of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum for granting use of 9/11 images.  Extra-special thanks to the unending strength and contagious energy of Lisa Vento-Nielsen (9/11 Cancer Survivor), AFAC's new editor, "storyfinder" and social media queen- whose loving support and technical contributions made this article and many other awareness projects with NYCRA, AFAC and 911CancerScan possible.  

This "9/11 Health Report" spotlight is a non-commercial feature intended to provide topical news coverage and public reports with individuals pertaining to 9/11 events.  It's sole purpose is for the interview subject to share his/her first-hand (personal or professional) experiences for public awareness and is not meant as a marketing endorsement for the interview subject in any way.  Awareness for a Cure, the NY Cancer Resource Alliance, its' editors, producers, writers and sponsors (otherwise known as "publishers") take no liability for any statements published from/about the subject and do not provide any legal, technical, scientific or consultation advice through this article.  

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