Overview of 
The Uri Harel
Therapeutic Arts Program 

Uri Harel On Tuesday, March 27, 2012, ICAN lost a beloved friend and ardent supporter, Uri Harel, to metastatic pancreatic cancer. Uri served as the Chairman of the Patients Council and was a ten year member of the ICAN Board. It was his fondest wish that his work with the therapeutic arts, music and art, be his legacy. To that end, ICAN is in the process of establishing The Uri Harel Therapeutic Arts Program.

Uri was a man of great intellect with a wide range of passions and talents. He was actively involved in the arts communities in Israel and in Phoenix and founded the Center for Biblical Hebrew in Phoenix. During the last fifteen years of his life, Uri devoted his energies to exploring the ancient Hebrew traditions related to the mysteries of the Hebrew letters and the powers attributed to them. He put that research to work when he began "translating" the Hebrew letters of the biblical text into their equivalent musical tones. He called this captivatingly beautiful music, "Music from God."

People from all backgrounds and religious beliefs overwhelmingly welcomed Uri's first Music from God CD, offered in limited release in 1998. Many listeners reported that the music had a profound healing effect on them, and offered unsolicited testimonials. Both long-standing Jewish tradition and universal human experience affirmed the mental and psychological benefits of the biblical Psalms.

In mid-2002, Uri began a collaboration with well-known composer Gardner Cole, violinist J'Anna Jacoby, and guitarist Gal Drimmer, among others, to bring to light new music from the Hebrew Bible.

ICAN's Uri Harel Therapeutic Arts Program will sponsor a special Open House in March, 2013 to commemorate the first anniversary of Uri's death and to celebrate his tremendous legacy.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of this important new program or if you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution, please email ICAN CEO Marcia K. Horn at marcia@askican.org or phone her at 602.618.0183. Donations may also be mailed to: The Uri Harel Therapeutic Arts Program at ICAN, 27 West Morten Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021.

Because of our Generous Supporters, ICAN patients involved in
The Uri Harel Therapeutic Arts Program
have access to the following information services:

  • A review and analysis of the patient's pathology report relating to TNM staging ("Tumor Node Metastasis"); review of the patient's medical history, diet, lifestyle and risk factors, current condition as well as any comorbid factors; and complete review of symptoms prior to presentation.
  • Referrals, at the patient's request, to medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists, and additional specialists relevant to the patient's ongoing care.
  • Referrals to support groups that may be of assistance in handling the emotional impact that cancer has on the patient and the patient's family.
  • Referrals to pancreatic cancer-specific organizations that may be of assistance in addressing insurance issues or employment termination issues (because of diagnosis or disclosure of metastatic disease).
  • Review of the nature/amelioration of specific side effects from chemotherapy (such as nausea and neuropathy) as well as from other treatment modalities.
  • Discussion of the interaction of diet with cancer chemotherapy drugs based on recent studies.
  • Delineation of the symptoms about which the pancreatic cancer cancer patient should alert his/her oncologist.
  • Discussion of relevant pancreatic cancer imaging technology.
  • Discussion of pain management issues and treatment options that can be addressed with the patient's medical team.
  • Explanation of the recommendations given or not given by the patient's oncology team; assistance in answering the patient's questions which remain either after or between appointments with the medical team.
  • Review of the relevant radiotherapy/interventional radiology options which the patient, in turn, may discuss with his/her medical team.
  • Discussion of the relevance of the patient's specific immunohistochemistry and cytogenetic results to available clinical trials so that the patient may explore all options with her medical team.
  • Analysis of relevant pancreatic cancer cancer clinical trials options as well as the nature and purpose of clinical trials using Remission Coach®.
  • Review of relevant pancreatic cancer cancer-specific drugs in the anticancer pipeline. Review of all relevant and complementary and alternative medicine ("CAM") avenues.
  • Review of the merits of filing a "Single Patient IND for Compassionate or Emergency Use" for a specific experimental cancer drug, if relevant to the patient's situation.
  • Exploration of options that might reduce travel costs for the patient as well as ICAN supporters who have volunteered to host a clinical trials patient in a particular city.

The Uri Harel Therapeutic Arts Program
is a vital part of ICAN's Cancer Patient Advocacy and Clinical Trials Program Advocacy Services.

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ICAN is currently working on The Uri Harel Therapeutic Arts Program. We are working to put together a Family and Friends Advisory Council for the The Uri Harel Therapeutic Arts Program. If interested, please email us at Uri.Harel.Program@askican.org.

If you would like to become involved as a donor and supporter or a member of our Cancer Research Literature team as a Research Team Leader (medical school students, physicians, nurses, and post-docs only please), you may reach us at Uri.Harel.Program@askican.org.

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