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Who we are

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) is a community of patients, caregivers, survivors, advocates, medical and research professionals united in support of people touched by bladder cancer.

Since our founding in 2005, BCAN has been on the front-lines advocating for greater public awareness and increased funding for research to identify effective treatments and eventually, a cure.

What we do

Each year, we provide thousands of patients, caregivers and the medical community with the educational resources and support services they need to navigate their journey. We work collaboratively with the medical and research professionals who are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and empower the patient community by allowing them to share experiences with others, and to participate in building awareness of the need for a cure.

Sharing Stories to Advance Research – Lee’s Story

Lee’s Story:   I went to my primary care physician after I’d come back from an extensive Caribbean vacation. I put off whatever was going on with this little bit of blood I was seeing, until I got back from that special trip. While I was on vacation, the urgency and frequency

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Sharing Stories to Advance Research – Camille’s Story

Camille’s Story:   I came to this meeting to start taking care of myself.  I realized that now that I’ve pushed all the way through the past three and a half years with bladder cancer, I am now at a point where I can help other people.   I was diagnosed in

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Ben Manages an Unexpected Diagnosis

It all started in December of 2017. I was at a wedding and I urinated some blood. It was not a lot, but it had me worried. My wife is a nurse practitioner, so anything medical I go to her. I told her, “I literally just urinated blood. What should

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BCAN's Recognition

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network earned a 4-star rating for the fifth consecutive year from Charity Navigator,  This is their  highest possible rating and indicates that BCAN adheres to best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Only 10% of the charities Charity Navigator
evaluates have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that BCAN outperforms most other charities in America.

In 2018, BCAN was also recognized as a Charity Navigator’s Top 10 Best Medical Research Organizations.

BCAN has also received Guidestar’s Silver Sal of Transparency.