Surviving and Thriving

October 29, 2013
by Diane Quale

After initial bladder cancer treatment, people often talk about adjusting to a “new normal”. This could mean getting used to visiting your urologist every few months and checking if the cancer has returned. It could also mean coming home after a life-changing surgery where your bladder has been removed and you have a newly constructed urinary system. Regardless of your specific diagnosis, being a person or being close to a person living with bladder cancer changes your life. When my late husband, John Quale was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2000, we found patient information and treatment options to be…


Survivors, Mountains and Happy Dances!

October 21, 2013
by admin

Where can you find bladder cancer survivors, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Happy Dance Song in one place? At the North Carolina Bladder Cancer Awareness Picnic, of course. The annual picnic, now in its fifth year, takes place at The Swag, a country in on a 5,000 foot high mountaintop in Waynesville, NC. The meeting was organized by Nancy Parrish who chose the beautiful location for bladder cancer survivors and caregivers to meet others who have been on the same journey.


Thank You Michigan Memorial Park!

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Each year, in July, tallies are made of the number of miles walked by each member of the Michigan Memorial Park Walking Club in Flat Rock, MI. This year, the top three walkers of the group were Sharon Labelle-Dzierwa, Ron D and Bill E who all unanimously agreed to choose BCAN as the “charity of choice” for the $1,800.00 donation from the Michigan Memorial Park. That is, one dollar for each mile walked in honor of Sharon’s sister, bladder cancer survivor, Patty Dzierwa and all those affected by the disease.


Women and Bladder Cancer

October 18, 2013
by Dimitrios Tsipanitis

According to the American Cancer Society in 2013 an estimated 72,570 Americans will be diagnosed with bladder cancer. Of those diagnosed, about 18,000 of those cases will be women. An estimated 4,390 women will die of bladder cancer in this year alone.


8th Annual Bladder Cancer Think Tank

October 7, 2013
by admin

On August 8-10, 2013, more than 120 leading clinicians, researchers, patient advocates, and industry representatives convened in Snowmass Village, Colorado, for the 8th Annual Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Think Tank. Being the only bladder cancer-specific annual meeting in North America, this year’s Think Tank engaged participants representing more than 60 institutions, coming from across the United States and Canada.

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