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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One Million and Counting…

July 9, 2014
by Diane Quale

All of us in the BCAN community should be so proud to share in the recognition that with this week’s announcement of the grant of the 2014 Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award to Dr. William Kim, BCAN has now invested ONE MILLION DOLLARS to directly fund bladder cancer research!

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Young Investigators Bring Hope to Bladder Cancer Patients

May 29, 2014
by Monica Smith

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) is pleased to award three Young Investigator Awards to support bladder cancer research. The award winners, Sunny Guin, PhD, Ryoichi Saito, MD, PhD, and Dmitriy Zamarin, MD, PhD, will each receive a two-year grant totaling $100,000 to support their research efforts. The recipients were selected by BCAN’s Scientific Review Group from a field of 32 applicants from 27 institutions.

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The Purpose of My Life…

May 29, 2014
by Rick Bulifant

Read this blog post from bladder cancer survivor, Rick Bulifant.

The purpose of my life, or at least as I see it for now. I was spared to help save others. Remember, us guys are sometimes pretty stupid. We forget that early detection can save us. Well, I’m here to help change that. I tell my story to anyone who will listen and it’s amazing the stories that I hear in response.

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