A caregiver plays an important role in supporting a person with bladder cancer. He or she often provides physical, emotional, and practical care on a daily or as-needed basis. Providing this support can become a caregiver’s sole focus, especially when a family member or friend is undergoing a long treatment plan. BCAN is here to help. BCAN Resources lists all resources that are available to you and your loved ones during your journey.
One of the biggest things you can do to support your loved one is helping them with their nutrition. To find out more about nutrition, please visit our Nutrition and Bladder Cancer page for information from the experts about nutrition before, during, and after the different stages of your bladder cancer journey.
Bladder cancer can also effect the well being and quality of life of not only the patient, but also their loved ones. It’s important to know that you are not alone and there are resources available to you to during survivorship, and you can read more about bladder cancer survivorship and well being here.
Bladder cancer can be uncomfortable to talk about because it can cause changes in intimate parts of the body, such as embarrassing symptoms, urinary function and one’s sex life and sexuality. That’s one reason so many people know so little about bladder cancer even though it is the sixth most frequent cancer in the U.S. The Say Something: Navigating Challenging Bladder Cancer Conversations will help you talk about bladder cancer with your loved ones, doctors, nurses and others.
“As bladder cancer is one of the most expensive cancers to treat, the financial toxicity that can accompany this diagnosis is a source of concern for both the patient and their family. BCAN is pleased to see the HealthWell Foundation recognizes this need and can now provide critical financial assistance to a population that has otherwise been ignored,” notes Andrea Maddox-Smith, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network CEO.
To determine your eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Bladder and Urothelial Cancers Fund page.
Bladder Cancer: Be Active in Your Treatment and Self-Care
This free program provides in-depth education for patients and caregivers about how bladder cancer is diagnosed, current treatments, surgical options and possible lifestyle changes. It features Stephanie Chisolm, PhD, from the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, as well as oncologist Dr. Matthew Galsky and assistant professor in the Department of Urology Nihal Mohamed, PhD, of Mount Sinai.