Advocacy for Blue Light Cystoscopy Moves Ahead

December 9, 2014
by Monica Smith

We are pleased to report that United States Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey yesterday introduced legislation to help address the issue and correct the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy for reimbursing hospitals for the drug Cysview.

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Reverse the Odds – New Mobile App Game Advances Science

November 20, 2014
by Annika Bergstrom

Dr. Anne Kiltie at the University of Oxford has been working on developing an engaging mobile game called “Reverse the Odds” where players can engage in critical thinking by playing a fun minion-switching puzzle, and also by analyzing real cancer slides. This pioneering project falls into a realm of research referred to as “Citizen Science”, where the public is trusted with providing the data for the scientists.

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What’s New in Bladder Cancer

November 11, 2014
by Vanessa Hoffman

Today we release the summary proceedings from the 2014 Bladder Cancer Think Tank. In this summary you can read about the highlights from this incredible meeting that serves as an incubation center to support new ideas and collaboration to accelerate progress on diagnosing, treating, and improving quality of life for people impacted by bladder cancer.

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Advocacy: A Personal Perspective

November 4, 2014
by Guest Blog

On Thursday, September 18, 2014 hundreds of cancer survivors, family members and researchers met with their elected members of congress during “Rally for Medical Research Day”. The purpose of the rally was to encourage congressional members and staff to increase funding at the National Institutes of Health to support additional research to find a cure for cancer. We were honored to represent our father who is a bladder cancer survivor and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) on Capitol Hill for the day.

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Great Step Forward: Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute

October 21, 2014
by Diane Quale

The bladder cancer community took a great leap forward last week with the official launch of the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute. The mission of the Institute—the first of its kind in the world—is to develop new clinical strategies for combating bladder cancer through intensive, collaborative, and innovative research.

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Remembering Dad – A Daughter’s Tribute

September 24, 2014
by Hilary Neiman

About 75,000 people live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. That’s about the same number of folks that will be stricken with bladder cancer this year. 56,000 men will get this disease and more than 11,000 of them will die. My Dad did, after a valiant three-year battle.

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BCAN Inspire Web Community: “Together, We Are Better.”

August 19, 2014
by Rick Bangs

One year after my radical cystectomy, in November 2007, the BCAN Inspire web community was launched. Bladder cancer survivors, partners, caregivers, family, and friends finally had a place to get answers to the questions that I had asked; to ask other questions like them, no matter how personal; to share good news and bad; to offer tips and tricks that make life as a bladder cancer survivor easier and more complete; and to give and get comfort during difficult times.

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Advancing Science through the Think Tank

August 14, 2014
by Monica Smith

BCAN hosted the 9th Annual Bladder Cancer Think Tank last week in San Diego. More than 160 doctors, researchers, industry representatives, and patient advocates attended the meeting with one common goal – to improve the quality of care and treatments for those living with bladder cancer.

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BCAN SAB Member Receives $480K NSF Nanotech Grant

July 29, 2014
by Vanessa Hoffman

Dr. Yair Lotan, a member of BCAN’s Scientific Advisory Board, received a $480,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a multi-institutional research team to develop a device that uses nanotechnology and a simple urine test to detect very small amounts of bladder cancer cells.

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