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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Guest Blog: Cracking the Genetic Code on Bladder Cancer

February 25, 2014
by Seth Lerner, MD

Researchers with The Cancer Genome Atlas Network (TCGA) Network, a project created by the National Cancer Institute, recently released findings that understanding gene expression in bladder cancer could pave the way for new treatment options.

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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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Making Bladder Cancer Research a Priority

January 16, 2014
by Monica Smith

As anyone with bladder cancer or in the research community will tell you, bladder cancer research is greatly underfunded. There have been no new significant advances in the disease in more than 20 years. With the leadership of our board and the generosity of BCAN donors, our research program has grown exponentially since 2010 when we awarded the first $25,000 grant.

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Congratulations to Troop 2!

January 3, 2014
by Diane Quale

When my late husband and I started BCAN in 2005, we never imagined the strong community that now works together to cultivate a community of hope and support for people impacted by bladder cancer. I am so proud to be associated with the hundreds of volunteers across the country who devote their time, energy and resources to support BCAN’s mission.

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YOU are BCAN

December 24, 2013
by Monica Smith

On December 26th, while many will be enjoying time off or the sales at the mall, the young men of Troop 2 in Summerville, South Carolina will start a 51 mile hike to support BCAN. Led by Scout Master Glenn Justis, the group has trained over 100 hours to complete the hike in honor of Glenn’s mom, Beverly Justis.

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Clinical Trials Matter

December 16, 2013
by Diane Quale

Not much has changed in bladder cancer prognosis and treatment options in the last two decades. Many people call the BCAN office wanting to know when there will be new drugs available for treating bladder cancer. Researchers and clinicians are continuously working on improving and expanding treatment options, and clinical trials are a key part of this process.

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Access to Blue Light Cystoscopy

December 5, 2013
by Monica Smith

Over the past few days, you may have heard about the issue regarding reimbursement of blue light cystoscopy. As all of you know, there are very few treatments and innovations for bladder cancer. It is BCAN’s position that everyone should have equal access to all treatments, tests and innovations that have been approved by the FDA.

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The Passing of a Friend

December 2, 2013
by Diane Quale

Joseph Lake McLaurin of Oxford, NC passed away on Wednesday, November 27th. Joe was President of the BCAN Triangle Chapter and was an active member of the Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group.

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