I Am a Triathlete and a Bladder Cancer Patient

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In Episode 47 of Bladder Cancer Matters, host Rick Bangs talks with Damon Thomas, a triathlete and a bladder cancer survivor. You can also read Damon’s story in our patient stories section.

Damon Thomas

Rick and Damon talk about:

Part 1

  • Damon’s delayed diagnosis
  • His experience with his first cystoscopy, which Damon described as “barbaric”
  • As a non-smoker, African-American and triathlete, how Damon did not fit the profile of a traditional bladder cancer patient

Part 2

  • How he made the decision to tell others about his bladder cancer
  • How Damon put together his medical team
  • The degree to which his treatments impacted his triathlon training
  • How Damon navigated the mental challenges of the disease
  • What advice he would give to fellow bladder cancer patients

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