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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.

Jill’s Story – Diagnosed at 34

I was diagnosed with stage IV bladder cancer in April 0f 2012.  I was 34 years old.  I had been in and out of the hospital prior to that because I could not urinate.  As it turned out, I had tumors wrapped around part of my bladder. When the doctor

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Pamela’s Story About Her Daddy

I remember when my mother turned to me and broke the news. Daddy has cancer. This news stung like news had never stung before. It was the news that my father could not bring himself to tell me. It was the news that ultimately turned our home into a hospital-like

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Kimberly’s Story About Her Dad

My father was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012, just days after his 58th birthday. He lost his mother to the disease years before I was born. Right after his diagnosis, I remember telling myself, “There have been so many strides in cancer treatments over the past thirty years. Surely

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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.