Spring 2024 Bladder Cancer Summit for Patients and Families

Twice a year, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network brings together bladder cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to share stories, experiences, and information about the disease. Our Spring Bladder Cancer Summit for Patients and Families was held on March 8th and 9th in Seattle, Washington. You can view the recordings from two days of informative sessions to help you thrive and survive on your bladder cancer journey.

Friday, March 8, 2024

In this session attendees learned about BCAN’s new programs and services that can help you understand and manage your diagnosis from BCAN’s Director of Education and Advocacy, Stephanie Chisolm, PhD.

View the BCAN resources slides.

Learn the history, value and impact of patient reported outcomes in guiding future bladder cancer journeys with urologist John Gore, MD, MS, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

View the Dr. Gore’s slides.                                  

Explore how cancer prehabilitation and rehabilitation can help you before and after treatment with Drs. Sarah Psutka, Hannah Hunter, and David Sheppard, PhD, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

View the Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation slides.                                 

This session helped fine tune key issues related to bladder cancer survivorship to enable BCAN to create innovative programs and resources to help everyone navigate the potholes that often accompany the journey to long term survivorship in bladder cancer.

View the Survivorship slides.

Saturday, March 10, 2024

Long-time bladder cancer survivors Alan, Doug and Gail, share their tips and tricks for thriving in survivorship with bladder cancer. These BCAN patient advocates will share their experiences to help you.

Taste fabulous food and learn to nourish your body with patient advocate, chef, and Founder of Cook for Your Life, Ann Ogden-Gaffney and registered dietitian Gretchen Gruender, MS RDN CSO from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

View the Nourish Your Body slides.

Hear about exciting new treatments and promising research to diagnose and treat bladder cancer with University of San Francisco Health urologist Carissa Chu, MD, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center medical oncologist Petros Grivas, MD, PhD.

Photos from the Summit