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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 journeys. 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.

“Guess what, Jim? You have some urine in your blood.”

My name is James Randolph Scott, Jr. (aka Jim), a native of Keyser, West Virginia.  This is my story about finding my new normal, while keeping my faith, packing my patience, and keeping a sense of humor. I am a bladder cancer survivor. I am also a person who walked

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Jo’s Story: Each Day is a Gift

In August of 2004 I had a routine appointment with my pulmonologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) during the 4th quarter of a 20-year “smoker study.”  The day before, when I saw blood in my urine and the local urologist couldn’t see me for five weeks. 

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Alice’s Story: Be Positive About Your Diagnosis

It was summer of 2018, one night in late July, about two o’clock in the morning. I woke up with this horrific pain in my back on my right side, but I did not think too much of it. Maybe I slept wrong. So, I turned over hoping it would

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Recognition and Affilations

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network earned a 4-star rating for the seventh 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 7% of the charities Charity Navigator evaluates have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that BCAN outperforms most other charities in America.

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