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Male Bladder Cancer Stories

Brenda and Jerry

Tell us about your husband’s journey. My husband, Jerry, was asymptomatic. One day, his urine looked like pure blood. And was bright red. At the time, we thought it might be a bad kidney infection. The doctors ran tests, a CT scan. They told him he had a spot on

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Ben Manages an Unexpected Diagnosis

It all started in December of 2017. I was at a wedding and I urinated some blood. It was not a lot, but it had me worried. My wife is a nurse practitioner, so anything medical I go to her. I told her, “I literally just urinated blood. What should

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Toni Stefani- A Firefighter’s Fight

Retired firefighter Captain Tony Stefani started with the San Francisco Fire Department in 1974. The 28-year veteran retired as the Captain of Rescue 1 in 2003. After being diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma in 2001, he founded the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation and now serves as its President.

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Darrell Is Proactive And Prepared

I am a busy guy: a telecom business owner and house flipper. Being busy, oftentimes we neglect to take of ourselves. Ask a single mom or a surgeon and they will likely tell you the same story! However, I had two episodes of bleeding when urinating about three months apart

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Surfing with Ron

I was diagnosed on August 31, 2010. I had biopsy surgery on September 17, 2010 and a cancerous tumor was discovered and removed. On October 29, 2010 (five days after my 61st birthday), I had a radical cystectomy and neobladder surgery. I was able to surf again three months later,

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Father and Daughter are Unlikely BCG Buddies

While older men are the most likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer, imagine our surprise when BCAN met Mike Bartlett and his daughter Kristin Hoisington at the 2018 Houston Walk to End Bladder Cancer. Fifty-seven-year-old Mike was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2016, after his primary care physician sent him to a urologist to determine the cause of the

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Ralph Makes a Decision

Like many bladder cancer patients, I was shocked when a urologist gave me the diagnosis. Cancer wasn’t for me; it was for other people. And bladder cancer? I didn’t know anything about it, but some quick research confirmed I had no obvious risk factors. All moot, though. My wife Eva

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Curtis is Crushing Bladder Cancer

My symptoms started with me urinating more frequently than usual and feeling tired from time to time; however, the symptoms would come and go.  In February 2015, I had a TURP which showed Papillary urothelial carcinoma, low grade with foci suspicious for subepithelial invasion. A rare fragment of muscle, with

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Matthew’s Bladder Cancer Journey

2016 was the scariest year of my life. I urinated blood around Christmas in 2015, and a CAT scan in February 2016 found a tumor.  I had a cystectomy on April 1 and the results were determined to be an aggressive cancer. Next, was another cystectomy which saved me from

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Frank – Two Cancers Don’t Stop Me

I am a non-smoking prostate cancer survivor who was treated with radiation and hormones. In 2015, I passed some blood tinged urine. This sent me to my urologist who did a urineanalysis and cystoscopy along with a CT urogram.  It was determined that I had a Ta tumor which was

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Rick’s Neobladder Story

Like others, I had symptoms without a bladder cancer diagnosis for some time – urgency and frequency for eighteen months.  I had discussed both with my physician after about nine months. He said that I was getting old (I was only 48!) and my father had prostate cancer.  Knowing that

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Mike’s New Normal Story

In 2016, at age 58, I was noticing changes:  I needed to urinate more frequently, my stream wasn’t as strong and I was waking up several times each night. It seemed like the natural aging progression.  When small ribbons of blood appeared in my urine, I contacted my physician.  The urinalysis

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Jim Zito – “Never give up hope!”

Lynn Zito shared her reflections on her husband Jim’s experience with bladder cancer. I don’t think people take bladder cancer seriously enough. Many think bladder cancer is just a disease of older people. They can have their bladder removed, and they will have a diversion and then be just fine

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Jeff’s Story

Only 30 at the time of his diagnosis, Jeff is not your typical bladder cancer patient. Now four years and three children after his diagnosis, Jeff views his experience as an opportunity to raise awareness as well as funds to support research to end bladder cancer. After noticing blood in

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Bob’s Immunotherapy Story

On March 17th, St Patrick’s day 2014, my wife and I were sitting at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in an examination room waiting for my new Oncologist, Dr. Jonathan Rosenberg to give us the news. Upon his arrival I could tell by looking at his face, it was not good.

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Couple Roger & Karen – both battle the disease

Karen and Roger live and work in the Washington, DC metro area.  Karen’s bladder cancer diagnosis came in 2010; Roger’s in 2016.  Before that, they were both blessed with good health and have always been very busy with family and friends.  They raised two sons and had always enjoyed intimate

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