November is National Caregivers Month

This is a time to thank all caregivers and show your support and gratitude for all they do. More and more Americans are caring for loved ones who are disabled, elderly, or ill. According to Women’s Health.gov, a caregiver is “anyone who provides help to another person in need.” According to Family Caregiver Alliance, there are as many as 65.7 million caregivers who make up 29% of the U.S. adult population providing care for someone who is ill, disabled, or elderly.

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FDA Releases Strategic Plan to Address Drug Shortages

In October the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a strategic plan to prevent and resolve drug shortages. Drug shortages are a major public health issue in the United States, denying the much needed treatment of certain drugs to patients.

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Together, We Are One Powerful Voice

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of participating in BCAN’s first Hill Day. Six dedicated bladder cancer advocates representing Illinois, Alabama, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland met with their representatives to advance bladder cancer awareness. Our key platform is passing a resolution to recognize May as Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.

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Introducing “Conversations About Bladder Cancer”

Did you ever have a question for your doctor that you were too intimidated to ask? Or maybe asked and didn’t have confidence in the answer? That’s why BCAN is launching “Conversations About Bladder Cancer”, an interactive dialogue with bladder cancer experts, asking the questions on the issues that matter most to our community of survivors and caregivers.

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Ella Kot

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Ella Kot, RN, BSN Ella Kot works at the University of Minnesota in the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers as a Senior Project and Program Manager. She has been with the organization for over nine years. She has been a nurse for ten years and loves everything about it. She has an amazing husband Boris of 12 years and two blessed children, Brianna 8 and Brandon 4. Her passion is to help people…

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Vashti Livingston

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Vashti Livingston MS, CNS, CWOCN Vashti Livingston is a Board Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Sidney Kimmel Urology Division and is a graduate of Emory University Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Program. She consults primarily ambulatory outpatient clients for wounds, ostomies, continent urinary diversions and incontinence management. Vashti has also worked at wound clinics and in home care for the Visiting Nurse Service of NY using digital photography…

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Marianne Borch

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Marianne Borch, RN, BSN, CURN Marianne Borch is a nurse leader in the Urology Outpatient Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She received the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates MacFarlane Award for highest score on the certification exam. She has worked as a registered nurse for over 25 years and runs a bladder cancer support group at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She is part of BCAN’s Women’s Outreach…

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Joanna Burgess

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Joanna Burgess, RN, BSN, CWOCN, CMLDT How did you decide to become a nurse in this field? I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse since I was a very young girl. I had an elaborate hospital set up in the basement and all my stuffed animals and dolls took turns being patients.   This most likely stemmed from my own experience with bladder cancer at the age of three.   My treatment included…

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Mary Dunn

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Mary Dunn, NP, OCN Mary Dunn is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a multidisciplinary role working with the Urologists and Medical Oncologists, providing comprehensive care to patients with genitourinary malignancies. Her unique role allows her to provide autonomous patient-centered care while having access to some of the top providers and researchers in the field of Urologic Oncology.  She also coordinates the Testicular Cancer Survivorship…

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Recognizing Nurses This Week – Jocelyn Goffney

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, we’re highlighting Jocelyn Goffney today. She said that the most rewarding part of her work is, “I get to see the patient live again. Not just quantity but quality of years. It’s rewarding to know that small changes or adjustments I suggest for my patients can completely change their life for the better.”

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