The State of Bladder Cancer Research

August 7, 2015
by Monica Smith

At this year’s ASCO annual meeting in June, I had the chance to offer my thoughts on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going as a field and I thought it might be helpful to share with you some of the new information presented at the meeting.


Bladder Cancer Research | Understanding Bench-to-Bedside

June 19, 2015
by Stephanie Chisolm

Research can lead to improved survival. It can find ways to help patients have a better quality of life. Ways to diagnose and treat bladder cancer today are a result of many years of slow and steady scientific discovery. Do you ever wonder how the research that happens in a laboratory makes its way to bladder cancer patients? The term “bench-to-bedside” describes how the results of research are used to develop new ways to treat patients. It is also known as translational medicine. It “translates” scientific findings into the tools your doctor can use. Once something shows promise in a…


Interning with a Passion

May 18, 2015
by Nadine Rotundo

The first encounter I had with bladder cancer was in October of 2011. I was a senior in high school and I was preoccupied with varsity sports, starting the college application process, and hanging out with my friends. It was the Friday of my high school’s homecoming weekend and I had plans to go over at a friend’s house after school to make t-shirts that spelled out “GO TEAM!” to wear at the upcoming football game on Saturday


Advocacy Issue – Blue Light Cystoscopy

March 3, 2015
by Monica Smith

You may have read our posting with an update on 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.


Moving Towards Improved Patient-Centered Research:  Perspective from a John Quale Travel Fellow

February 24, 2015
by Ken Nepple, MD

As an early investigator trying to have an impact in bladder cancer, I received a John Quale Travel Fellowship to attend the 2011 BCAN Think Tank Meeting. This award has honestly had a profound impact on my personal understanding of bladder cancer and also provided me with the opportunity to advance my career. For me, this impact has been best personified by two concepts: 1. Ask important questions and 2. Work with smart and motivated people.


Guest Blog: “Wait, you guys do surgery here? I thought you only did research!”

February 10, 2015
by Piyush Agarwal, MD

This is a common reaction I get from patients during consultations for urothelial cancer management and treatment. Many patients are aware that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest biomedical research institution in the world. However, most of these patients are unaware of the nation’s largest research hospital located within the NIH’s Clinical Center in Building 10 in Bethesda, Maryland.


Good Listeners Needed for the BCAN Connection Volunteer Program

January 20, 2015
by Jeanne Mahoney

Are you a good listener? Are you patient and compassionate? Do you have a phone? The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) needs you for the BCAN Connection Program! BCAN Connection is looking for volunteers to answer calls to the BCAN Connection Line, an information and referral service for newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients, caregivers and survivors.


BCAN Partners with Vanderbilt to Host “Living with Bladder Cancer” Event

January 16, 2015
by Guest Blog

Recently, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center partnered with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) to host, “Living with Bladder Cancer.” This half-day educational event was an opportunity for patients, caregivers and family members to hear from medical experts as well as to network with others impacted by bladder cancer.