Health Insurance Deadline on Dec. 23

December 19, 2013
by Vanessa Hoffman

The first major deadline for the Affordable Care Act is quickly approaching. Monday, December 23 is the deadline to enroll for health insurance coverage if you want your insurance to take effect on January 1. Some states may have extended the deadline. Take a look at the Cancer Insurance Checklist to help you compare different plans.

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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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Finding care after ostomy surgery – Do you feel home alone?

December 2, 2013
by Joanna Burgess

Joanna Burgess, CWOCN, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1965 at the age of three. After surgery for an ostomy (ileal conduit), radiation and chemotherapy – she describes being discharged from the hospital with her father and one small brown bag of ostomy pouches. She states “We were given no instructions; there were no ostomy nurses and my father felt completely abandoned by the medical community”. Joanna offers tips for the new ostomy patient. She currently works as an ostomy nurse in an acute care facility and councils many patients online and in her community.

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Cancer Insurance Checklist

September 26, 2013
by admin

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network is pleased to be a supporting organization for an exciting new tool for the bladder cancer (and all cancers) community, the Cancer Insurance Checklist.

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Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Awards $6,000 in Fellowships to Young Scientists Committed to Improving Bladder Cancer Research!

June 21, 2013
by admin

We are pleased to announce the John Quale Travel Fellowship Award recipients! These $1,500 travel fellowships provide a grant to defray the costs of travel for exceptional researchers to attend BCAN’s 8th Annual Bladder Cancer Think Tank! The recipients include: Richard Bambury, MB, BCh, BAO, an advanced oncology fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Sima Porten, MD, MPH a urologic oncology fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center; Srinivas Vourganti, MD a clinical fellow in the Urologic Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute; and Daniel Willis, MD a urologic oncology fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center Share…

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The Results Are In!!!!

June 21, 2013
by admin

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013 Walk for Bladder Cancer Photo Contest!! 1st place goes to Ella Kot who participated in the Minneapolis, MN walk! 2nd place goes toKaren Clifford who shot a photo at the Ft. Walton, FL walk! 3rd place goes to Karen Gross with a shot taken during the San Diego, CA walk! Congratulations to All of you!!!! Share this page:

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BCAN Participates in the AACR Annual Meeting Scientist↔Survivor Program

June 21, 2013
by Vanessa Hoffman

This past April, I was fortunate to be selected to participate in the Scientist↔Survivor Program at the Annual Meeting for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Washington, DC, representing BCAN. The AACR was founded in 1907 and has over 34,000 members. The organization is focused promoting high quality, innovative cancer research to accelerate progress toward prevention and cure of cancer. The 2013 Annual Meeting, “Personalizing Cancer Care Through Discovery Science” was the organization’s 104th annual meeting. The Scientist↔Survivor Program brings together patient advocates, cancer survivors, and scientists to meet and interact over several days in the context of…

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