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Vanguard Cancer Foundation
Financial Assistance

How It Started

In 1994, we tested Jake D. Phillips, a lung cancer patient with advanced disease. We found a treatment that gave him added time and value to his life — a fact for which his sister, Loretta Stamos (mother of actor John Stamos), was forever thankful.

To show her appreciation and help others fighting cancer, Loretta created the Vanguard Cancer Foundation to support our work here. 

Click here to see Loretta with John Stamos explain this in a short 1 1/2 minute video segment on Extra TV.

What They Do

Born from the dream of one dedicated physician and the love of a sister for her brother, Vanguard Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit entity with a mission to empower cancer patients through education, awareness and financial assistance to make informed decisions about their best cancer drug treatment options.

The Vanguard Cancer Foundation provides for programs to educate patients and the public about personalized care for cancer treatment. It also funds endeavors that further the progress of specific research projects, which support, validate and advance the assay-directed approach for selecting drugs and combinations for cancer patients.

How They Can Help

At Nagourney Cancer Institiute, our goal is to avoid ever saying “no” to a financially disadvantaged patient.

Thanks to the support of Vanguard, we are almost always able to reach this goal. Vanguard Cancer Foundation grants financial aid strictly to individuals who are unable to afford the cost of our EVA-PCD functional profiling test.

Each patient’s application is reviewed and voted on by the Board of Directors. There is no discrimination based on age, gender, race or religion.

Below is a short video of John Stamos speaking about the Vanguard Cancer Foundation and the support they offer. 

More Information About Vanguard

Click on the link below to visit the Vanguard Cancer Foundation Facebook page to learn how you or a loved one can apply for a grant or contribute to a great cause.

Visit the Vanguard Cancer Foundation Facebook page


How We Test Your Cancer

Functional profiling is a laboratory technique that measures how cancer cells respond when they are exposed to drugs and drug combinations.