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Who we are


BCAN was founded in 2005 and is the only national advocacy organization devoted to advancing bladder cancer research and supporting those impacted by the disease.

BCAN is on the front-lines advocating for greater public awareness and increased funding for research to identify effective treatments and eventually, a cure for bladder cancer.

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

Watch Dr. Stephanie Chisolm, Director of Education & Research at BCAN provide an overview of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network on Cure Connection.


Our Focus

Patient Support

A bladder cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and perhaps frightening—not just for the patient but for family and friends as well.  There are many resources available for finding support and connecting with others impacted by bladder cancer.


BCAN is on the front lines advocating for and funding research that will deliver cutting edge methods of diagnosing, treating and working toward a cure for bladder cancer.


As the leading voice in bladder cancer, BCAN has created educational materials for patients, their families and caregivers as well as the medical community.


Join BCAN in raising awareness about bladder cancer and the need for more funding for bladder cancer research.

Board of Directors

John C. Quale

Founding Director

In June 2008, BCAN lost its co-founder and board member, John Quale, to bladder cancer. His death leaves a hole in our bladder cancer family but his life serves as motivation to continue our important work.