Bladder Cancer Briefs February 3, 2023

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World Cancer Day

As World Cancer Day is approaching, we remind everyone what this day means to the bladder cancer community. Bladder cancer is a global disease that does not recognize country borders. It ranks as the 10th most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, and there are over 500,000 people who are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year across the globe. 

In honor of World Cancer Day, in Bladder Cancer Matters podcast Episode 41, our guests were Michelle Colero and Cassandra Schooley of Bladder Cancer Canada (BCC). They talked about how the Canadian government “solved” their BCG shortage, and how BCC sometimes helps patients from America who are seeking treatment in Canada.

Resources for Patients and Families

Going through bladder cancer can feel like a lonely experience and connecting with others who have “been there, done that” can help you feel better. BCAN’s Survivor to Survivor program pairs newly diagnosed patients with survivors and co-survivors who have gone through similar experiences. You can ask to be matched with a bladder cancer survivor and even volunteer to help fellow bladder cancer patients.

Patient and Caregiver Stories

We also have a patient and caregiver stories section on our web site and reading these stories can help people feel more understood and connected. Feel free to peruse our stories or share your own.