Introducing “Conversations About Bladder Cancer”

November 11, 2013
by Diane Quale

Did you ever have a question for your doctor that you were too intimidated to ask? Or maybe asked and didn’t have confidence in the answer? That’s why BCAN is launching “Conversations About Bladder Cancer”, an interactive dialogue with bladder cancer experts, asking the questions on the issues that matter most to our community of survivors and caregivers.

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Thank a Nurse – It’s Urologic Nurses Week

November 4, 2013
by Monica Smith

Thank a Nurse – It’s Urologic Nurses Week! This week – November 1 – 7 – is Urologic Nurses and Associates Week. As those with bladder cancer know, nurses play a very important role in their treatment and care. Nurses are the first line of communication to educate patients, listen to their concerns, and help when there is a medical emergency.

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Surviving and Thriving

October 29, 2013
by Diane Quale

After initial bladder cancer treatment, people often talk about adjusting to a “new normal”. This could mean getting used to visiting your urologist every few months and checking if the cancer has returned. It could also mean coming home after a life-changing surgery where your bladder has been removed and you have a newly constructed urinary system. Regardless of your specific diagnosis, being a person or being close to a person living with bladder cancer changes your life. When my late husband, John Quale was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2000, we found patient information and treatment options to be…

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BCAN Welcomes New Executive Director; Launches New Website

September 5, 2013
by Diane Quale

Welcome to the new BCAN blog ! This is just one of many new  ways that we are reaching out to the greater bladder cancer community and where you will find a more personal perspective of the latest whos, whats, whens and wheres of BCAN. I’m Diane Zipursky Quale, the President and co-founder of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN). My late husband, John Quale, and I established BCAN in 2005, five years   after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. At the time, there was very little information about bladder cancer available to the public, and even fewer people willing to…

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