Bladder Cancer Briefs May 3, 2023

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Meet Vietnam War Veteran and BCAN Patient Advocate Jim Scott

Jim Scott, a bladder cancer survivor and passionate advocate, was recently featured on BCAN’s Bladder Cancer Matters podcast. Since his diagnosis in 2015, Jim has dedicated himself to advocating for bladder cancer patients. He actively serves as a patient advocate on the patient advisory panel of the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition, as well as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, among other notable roles. Jim’s commitment to raising awareness and supporting those affected by bladder cancer is truly commendable.

Prior to being diagnosed with bladder cancer, Jim proudly served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Specifically, he was a member of the 325th Signal Battalion stationed in Long Binh. During his time in Vietnam, Jim worked closely with then Vice President Spiro Agnew as a member of his security detail. Additionally, Jim’s expertise and dedication led him to play a vital role in a global network responsible for ensuring uninterrupted and secure communication for the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing project. His contributions in both military and civilian endeavors exemplify his commitment and remarkable achievements.

During his time in Vietnam he was exposed to Agent Orange would later find that contributed to his bladder cancer diagnosis. Despite his diagnosis Jim has always exemplified, “If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.”

Resources for Patients and Families

Want to learn more about veterans and bladder cancer? Take a look at BCAN’s Resources for Veterans page for additional information.