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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.

Ann Marie’s Story: I don’t have a bag, I have a prosthetic bladder

I am a schoolteacher at a high school in Mashpee, Massachusetts. I started to have symptoms in May 2018. I was at school and I got a sharp pain in my kidney area and I thought, “Oh, kidney stones.” I knew something wasn’t right. I’m not one that runs to

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Bill’s Story: Rare, Unfair and a Big Scare

This story has been provided by Bill Seavey.  It has been edited for brevity. How does an active tennis playing and hiking/biking early 70 year old white male–who never had any bad health habits–get diagnosed with a particularly virulent form of cancer about which medical professionals can’t very often definitively

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Burt’s Story: When I heard the words “You have bladder cancer,” it was a gut punch

I am a nephrologist and have been practicing medicine since 1976, so I look at my bladder cancer journey somewhat differently than others might.  I was having some difficulty urinating and in the process of having my prostate looked at, my doctor came out afterwards and said, “Oh, by the

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BCAN's Recognition

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network earned a 4-star rating for the sixth 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.

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

 

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