Register Now for BCAN’s Rocky Mountain Patient Forum
Online registration for our Rocky Mountain Patient Forum is now available!
Our next patient forum, “Understanding,” will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The forum is aimed at patients, family members, and caregivers from across the Rocky Mountain region.
BCAN Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, from the University of Colorado is serving as our faculty chair. Joining him will be doctors from the University of Colorado, The Urology Center of Colorado, and St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center.
Preregistration is required as space is limited and lunch will be provided. Register online now, or visit our patient forum page to learn more and see other registration options.
Clinical Trials – Susan’s Story
Susan was diagnosed with3 in early 2010. She participated in a in which her bladder was removed and she received . She is now in remission.
At the 2011 Think Tank, Susan described her experiences in a She said, “I am now an advocate for clinical trials. When colleagues or friends are diagnosed with cancer one of my first responses is, ‘Are you part of a . ?'”
Clinical trials are essential to the development of newtreatments. Please consider helping to advance research by joining a .
To see what clinical trials you qualify for, use BCAN’s Clinical Trials Matching Service by calling 800-504-7442 or visit http://www.emergingmed.com/partners/bcan/. You can also discuss clinical trials options with your physician.
BCAN’s 6th AnnualThink Tank
BCAN’s 6th annualThink Tank started with a bang on Thursday, August 4! More than 100 leading doctors, researchers, patient advocates, and industry representatives came to Coronado, California to talk about ways to improve care. Check out our daily updates to see what we talked about:
The 2011 meeting theme was “Identifying Obstacles and Creating Solutions in: Basic Science, Clinical Trials and Survivorship.” Everyone at the meeting shared a common goal: working together to help advance research. This may be at the basic science level, by finding better ways to collect data, or by improving survivorship by creating new patient educational materials. We’ll keep you posted on the group’s accomplishments this year!
NCI Study and Diane Rehm Show Story: Stronger Than Expected Link Between Smoking and
A study published on August 16 by scientists from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) found that current smokers are at a higher risk of Read the full press release from the National Cancer Institute.than was previously thought, and that women who smoke have the same risk as men.
The study confirmed previous reports that the risk of http://smokefree.gov/drops significantly after quitting smoking. Smoking is the single greatest for . Remember – you don’t have to quit by yourself. There are programs to help. Smoking cessation information and resources are available at
Thursday’s Diane Rehm Show on NPR discussed the new NCI study, and BCAN’s Executive Director Larry Rzepka was part of the panel. Learn more about the show and listen online at the Diane Rehm Show website.
UCLA Study and CBS Story:Patients Don’t Receive Recommended Care
According to a study released in July by UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, many patients with high Read BCAN’s full release on the study here. As a result of the study, this CBS Evening News clip about was broadcast on Friday, July 29., non muscle- are not receiving the recommended care.
Stories like this are incredibly important. As the CBS article notes in its final paragraph, “Over 25 years,survival has not improved. It remains the most expensive cancer to treat. It gets among the lowest amount of funding of all cancers. There’s no reason why patients aren’t getting proper care. The disease needs more attention, more advocacy, and better-educated doctors.” We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers and supporters who are helping us work to lessen this problem by providing educational materials to doctors, working to raising awareness, holding fundraisers, and helping support other patients.