Resources for Veterans

Read BCAN patient-advocate Jim Scott’s interview with the American Homefront Project, “More Vietnam vets now qualify for disability benefits, but it may be years before they see the money.”

Webinar: Update on Veterans and Bladder Cancer (2020)

Update on Veterans and Bladder Cancer webinar presented with Drs. Stephen Williams from University of Texas Medical Branch, Jennifer Taylor from Baylor College of Medicine and ME DeBakey VAMC, and Josh Meeks from Northwestern University and Jesse Brown Medical Center.

Part I: Research Happening In the VA System


Part II: Caring for Veterans


Part III: Accessing Care in the VA and Q&A


Webinar: Bladder Cancer and the Brave: Risks for Veterans and First Responders (2019)

Bladder Cancer and the Brave: Risks for Veterans and First Responders webinar presented in 2019 with Dr. Richard Clapp and Dr. Matthew Mossanen from the Boston University School of Public Health, and from Brigham Women’s Hospital.

Part I: Occupational Risks of Service Members, and Agent Orange


Part II: Agent Orange


Part III: Modern Warfare and First Responders


Part IV: Questions and Answers about the Military and Bladder Cancer


Veterans and Agent Orange

The Institute of Medicine released a comprehensive evaluation of scientific and medical information regarding health effects of exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam. Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2014 changed the categories of association with exposure to the herbicides sprayed in Vietnam for three health effects.  Bladder cancer was moved from “inadequate or insufficient” evidence of association up to “limited or suggestive” evidence of association.

To learn more and to download a free PDF copy of the whole report, please click here.

To see the report on the Incidence of Veterans with Bladder Cancer article, click here.

Camp Lejeune: Past Water Contamination

Between 1957 and 1987, people serving or living at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. This chemical exposure may have led to adverse health conditions. The Veterans Administration released this Camp Lejeune Past Water Contamination page, click here.

To read the Institute of Medicine: VA Clinical Guidance for the Health Conditions Identified by the Camp Lejeune Legislation (2015) full report, click here.

Bladder Cancer Matters: Podcasts for Veterans


Are you a veteran with bladder cancer?

BCAN advocates for our bladder cancer community at the state and federal level. When issues specifically address the health and well being of our veterans, you can help us by reaching out to your elected officials. Please register to receive future advocacy and information alerts related to veterans with bladder cancer.