YOU are BCAN

On December 26th, while many will be enjoying time off or the sales at the mall, the young men of Troop 2 in Summerville, South Carolina will start a 51 mile hike to support BCAN. Led by Scout Master Glenn Justis, the group has trained over 100 hours to complete the hike in honor of Glenn’s mom, Beverly Justis.

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Health Insurance Deadline on Dec. 23

The first major deadline for the Affordable Care Act is quickly approaching. Monday, December 23 is the deadline to enroll for health insurance coverage if you want your insurance to take effect on January 1. Some states may have extended the deadline. Take a look at the Cancer Insurance Checklist to help you compare different plans.

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Clinical Trials Matter

Not much has changed in bladder cancer prognosis and treatment options in the last two decades. Many people call the BCAN office wanting to know when there will be new drugs available for treating bladder cancer. Researchers and clinicians are continuously working on improving and expanding treatment options, and clinical trials are a key part of this process.

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Access to Blue Light Cystoscopy

Over the past few days, you may have heard about the issue regarding reimbursement of blue light cystoscopy. As all of you know, there are very few treatments and innovations for bladder cancer. It is BCAN’s position that everyone should have equal access to all treatments, tests and innovations that have been approved by the FDA.

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The Passing of a Friend

Joseph Lake McLaurin of Oxford, NC passed away on Wednesday, November 27th. Joe was President of the BCAN Triangle Chapter and was an active member of the Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group.

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Finding care after ostomy surgery – Do you feel home alone?

Joanna Burgess, CWOCN, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1965 at the age of three. After surgery for an ostomy (ileal conduit), radiation and chemotherapy – she describes being discharged from the hospital with her father and one small brown bag of ostomy pouches. She states “We were given no instructions; there were no ostomy nurses and my father felt completely abandoned by the medical community”. Joanna offers tips for the new ostomy patient. She currently works as an ostomy nurse in an acute care facility and councils many patients online and in her community.

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