Scenes from the Summit!

November 9, 2016
by Stephanie Chisolm

The first annual BCAN Leadership Summit took place this October. More than 60 patient advocates from as far away as Washington State traveled to Rockville, Maryland, for the event. The Bladder Cancer Leadership Summit was designed to engage, educate and energize bladder cancer survivors and volunteers. Participants attended BC–A–N How-To Workshops.  Learning how to communicate to raise awareness in a digital world; advocate on behalf of the bladder cancer community; and navigate the current healthcare system to help bladder cancer patients receive the best care. Take a moment to check out the slide presentations (in blue) listed below each presenter:     Mark Story…


Press Release: FDA Approves New Bladder Cancer Treatment

May 18, 2016
by Andrea Maddox-Smith

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of an innovative, first-of-its-kind bladder cancer treatment, establishing a brand new class of therapy for the disease. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, produced this new treatment, TECENTRIQ™ (atezolizumab), which allows the body’s immune system to work more effectively to fight cancer.



January 11, 2016
by Stephanie Chisolm

BCAN just returned from the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 2016 Genitourinary Cancer Symposium held January 7-9 in San Francisco.


2015: A Moment of Reflection

December 22, 2015
by Diane Quale

As we reflect back on 2015–BCAN’s 10th anniversary year–we should all be very proud of what we have accomplished. We have created a vibrant community of survivors, co-survivors, family, friends, and medical professionals who are giving bladder cancer a voice and improving the lives of all who are impacted by this disease.


Did you know October 15 – December 7 is Medicare Open Enrollment for 2016 Coverage?

October 15, 2015
by Stephanie Chisolm

Medicare is a health insurance program for: people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). Your health needs may change from one year to the next. Your health plan may also change its benefits and costs each year too. Medicare Open Enrollment (October 15–December 7) is the time when all people with Medicare are encouraged to review their current health and prescription drug coverage. This review includes checking on any changes in costs, coverage, and benefits that will…


Press Release – BCAN Launches Bladder Cancer Genomics Consortium

September 24, 2015
by Monica Smith

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) and Paradigm today announced a partnership for the launch of a large-scale genomically-driven bladder cancer study. This prospective study is the first project of the Bladder Cancer Genomics Consortium (BCGC), a collaborative effort between BCAN and major medical centers.