National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month Recognized

May 22, 2015
by Monica Smith

Thank you to Senator Menendez (D-NJ) with co-sponsors Senator Isakson (R-GA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), for introducing and passing SRES 187 to recognize May as National Bladder Cancer Awareness Month in the Senate.


New Bladder Cancer Journal Launches First Issue

May 20, 2015
by Monica Smith

Recognizing this unmet need, Seth Lerner and Dan Theodorescu convened a first-class Editorial Board and partnered with IOS Press to create Bladder Cancer, an international journal devoted solely to the study of bladder cancer (ISSN: 2352-3727).


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


BCG Update

March 24, 2015
by Monica Smith

Since August, many patients have been experiencing a delay in treatment due to the production of TICE BCG. There has been increased worldwide demand for the drug and few manufacturers causing a backorder issue. Generally, there has been a delay in orders between 2 – 8 weeks which impacts patients, physicians and the entire bladder cancer community.


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.