Raising Awareness and Funding a Cure

March 13, 2014
by Monica Smith

Steve Gushée passed away last April and his wife, Mary, was devastated. When Steve was finally diagnosed with bladder cancer after 5 years of testing and misdiagnosis, it was too late. The cancer had metastasized.

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Being Proactive

March 4, 2014
by Monica Smith

I often hear from cancer patients that they feel a sense of helplessness when they are diagnosed. Their body is attacking itself and they are reliant on doctors and other medical professionals to make decisions and treat the disease. While our control over the disease may be limited, there are many steps a patient can take to be proactive.

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New Episode of “Conversations” featuring BCG

February 20, 2014
by Monica Smith

We are pleased to announce a new episode of “Conversations: Let’s Talk About Bladder Cancer.” The latest installment of this internet series features a discussion of the proper use of BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guerin).

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Announcing Cancer Insurance Checklist: Guía de Cobertura Médica para Personas con Cáncer

February 4, 2014
by Alpha Lillstrom

As implementation of the health reform law (the Affordable Care Act) continues, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is pleased to announce the launch of a Spanish language version of the successful resource, the Cancer Insurance Checklist. This easy-to-use guide is available to assist people with cancer, a history of cancer or at risk for cancer choose a health insurance plan.

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BCAN Raises Awareness at NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo

January 28, 2014
by John Cheng

On January 11-12, BCAN was proud to take part in the 22nd Annual NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo. Thousands of people came to this free event to learn more about how to live a healthier life in the upcoming year. Visitors stopped by BCAN’s booth and could also enjoy seeing special guests, amazing exhibitions, and receive free health care screenings. Click on the full article to see pictures.

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Article Highlights Future of Bladder Cancer Care in the USA

January 16, 2014
by Vanessa Hoffman

An article was published recently in the journal Nature titled “The future of bladder cancer care in the USA.” The authors discuss how despite the large number of people diagnosed with bladder cancer each year and the high costs of treatment and management for this disease, there is a lack of awareness about bladder cancer as a public health concern and lack of funding for research.

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Health Insurance Deadline on Dec. 23

December 19, 2013
by Vanessa Hoffman

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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November is National Caregivers Month

November 25, 2013
by Brea Dodson

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

November 21, 2013
by Dimitrios Tsipanitis

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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