Update – Access to Blue Light Cystoscopy

March 18, 2014
by Monica Smith

As many of you may know, there has been a reimbursement issue regarding blue light cystoscopy. This issue has deterred some medical centers from using the technology and patients may not have access to it. The BCAN position is that with so few advances in the disease, we must break down barriers to technology that may improve a patient’s quality of life.

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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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Announcing Cancer Insurance Checklist: Guía de Cobertura Médica para Personas con Cáncer

February 4, 2014
by Alpha Lillstrom

As implementation of the health reform law (the Affordable Care Act) continues, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) is pleased to announce the launch of a Spanish language version of the successful resource, the Cancer Insurance Checklist. This easy-to-use guide is available to assist people with cancer, a history of cancer or at risk for cancer choose a health insurance plan.

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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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Article Highlights Future of Bladder Cancer Care in the USA

January 16, 2014
by Vanessa Hoffman

An article was published recently in the journal Nature titled “The future of bladder cancer care in the USA.” The authors discuss how despite the large number of people diagnosed with bladder cancer each year and the high costs of treatment and management for this disease, there is a lack of awareness about bladder cancer as a public health concern and lack of funding for research.

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