BCAN Launches My Bladder Cancer Story

February 21, 2017
by Stephanie Chisolm

This year, over 79,000 people will be diagnosed will learn they have bladder cancer. BCAN is well aware that there are real people behind those numbers. BCAN’s My Bladder Cancer Story Campaign is highlighting the stories of those impacted by bladder cancer in an effort to raise awareness and eventually find a cure. Read the stories and share your story here. Share this page:

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Join BCAN for a New Discoveries Research Lecture in Palm Beach March 8th, 2017

February 8, 2017
by Stephanie Chisolm

On March 8th, 2017 the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network New Discoveries Research Luncheon & Lecture will give attendees a glimpse into some of the new treatments used to combat the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country. The lecture and luncheon will take place at The Beach Club in Palm Beach, Florida, and will feature Dr. David McConkey, Director of Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute, who will highlight promising new bladder cancer treatments, as well as Fay Vincent, former Major League Baseball Commissioner, and bladder cancer survivor who will share his personal journey. 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at The…

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BMS Receives FDA Approval for Opdivo (nivolumab) in Previously Treated Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

February 3, 2017
by Stephanie Chisolm

BCAN applauds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approving Opdivo for use for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy or have disease progression within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant treatment with platinum-containing chemotherapy. “Although bladder cancer is the 5th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, it is only recently that we are starting to see new treatments being approved to help patients with this disease,” according to Andrea Maddox-Smith, CEO of BCAN.  “The FDA’s approval of Opdivo offers a much-needed treatment option for the…

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UPDATE on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination and Bladder Cancer

January 19, 2017
by Stephanie Chisolm

Between 1957 and 1987, people serving or living at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. This chemical exposure may have led to adverse health conditions.On 1/13/2017 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)  published regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of bladder cancer and seven other diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Read more here: VA’s Rule Establishes a Presumption of Service Connection for Diseases Associated with Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply…

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BCAN Launches Winter Webinar Series!

December 13, 2016
by Stephanie Chisolm

Wondering what to do on chilly winter nights this January and February? Wish you knew more about bladder cancer? Sign up now for our Bladder Cancer 2017 Winter Webinar Series. We bring the experts to you! You don’t even have to shovel the walk or leave your home to join us for these free Patient Insight Webinars. Make some hot chocolate, grab a blanket and your computer. Leading bladder cancer experts will answer your questions about pathology, bladder removal, and sexuality. To see the full details and to register Click here   Share this page:

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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…

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