Each year, BCAN provides thousands of patients, caregivers and the medical community with the educational resources and support services they need to navigate their bladder cancer journey. BCAN works collaboratively with the medical and research professionals who are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer and empowers the patient community by allowing them to share experiences with others, and to participate in building awareness of the need for a cure.
Bladder Cancer Think Tank: In 2006, BCAN started the first scientific conference solely focused on bladder cancer. Hosted annually, the event is the only scientific conference that convenes leading oncologists, urologists, researchers and patients to enhance collaboration among those dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer.
Young Investigator Awards: Launched in 2013, BCAN’s Young Investigator Awards include research grants of $100,000 each, over a two-year period. These grants fund researchers who may be working in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bioengineering or other scientific or research fields, but are also working in a research environment capable of supporting innovative bladder cancer research.
John Quale Travel Fellowship: The John Quale Travel Fellowship provides financial support to help select researchers pay travel expenses related to their attendance at the annual Bladder Cancer Think Tank. There, they have the opportunity to present their research, network with leading bladder cancer researchers and gain insights from the Think Tank. Each year, $1,500 travel fellowships are awarded to early career physicians and scientists.
Scientific Advisory Board: Leveraging deep relationships within the medical community, BCAN has assembled more than 50 leading urologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists working within the bladder cancer field to serve on a Scientific Advisory Board that guides BCAN’s efforts toward awareness and a cure.
Patient Insight Webinars: BCAN offers patient insight webinars to provide patients and caregivers the most up-to-date information on key bladder cancer topics.
Patient Handbook: Bladder Cancer Basics for the Newly Diagnosed is a comprehensive guide offering information on bladder cancer diagnosis and treatment options to help patients and their loved ones make the most informed choices about their care. Available online and in print in English and Spanish, this resource can also be ordered by healthcare professionals for their offices.
Patient Toolkit: BCAN’s Tips from Patients, For Patients toolkit includes information on procedures and treatments for bladder cancer from the perspective of other patients and survivors who have undergone the procedures themselves.
Online Support Community: BCAN’s bladder cancer online support community includes over is available 24 hours a day and allows survivors and their loved ones to support each other through their respective bladder cancer journeys with practical and emotional advice.
In-Person Support Groups: BCAN staff and local volunteers have facilitated the development of many in-person bladder cancer support groups across the country.
Walks for Bladder Cancer: Each year on the first Saturday in May, the BCAN community of survivors, medical professionals, family and friends gather at events held nationwide to increase bladder cancer awareness and raise funds for BCAN’s education and research programs.