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“It is our hope that the My Bladder Cancer Story campaign will be an avenue for those affected by bladder cancer to share their stories to be a voice for those who, for far too long, have felt alone in this fight against this disease.”

Andrea Maddox-Smith, BCAN CEO
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  • Father and Daughter-Unlikely BCG Buddies

    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… Read More
  • Dr. Noah Hahn’s Story About His Patient, Anne

    “Anne is an incredible example of a patient who refused to be paralyzed by her diagnosis of cancer. She had an incredibly positive attitude from the beginning. She is a very active and motivated person. That didn’t change just because she was diagnosed with cancer,” noted Dr. Noah Hahn, Deputy… Read More
  • Dancing Her Way through Bladder Cancer – Anne Doesn’t Miss a Beat

    A New Hampshire native, Anne Theriault now lives in Maryland. Anne spent many years in non-traditional careers with the US Army and in the Bureau of Prisons. She deployed four times to combat zones. Anne began taking up ballroom dancing after a challenging combat tour in Iraq. “I just did… Read More
  • Jill Fights for a Normal Life

    Bladder cancer can be a sneaky disease. Sometimes you have very few symptoms until things hit a critical mass.  For me, that happened in the form of a suspected urinary tract infection (UTI). I’ve had UTI’s my whole adult life, so the latest one in summer of 2012 didn’t seem… Read More
  • Brenda’s Road to Cancer Freedom

    In December 2001, my life changed when I was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  In the summer of 2001, I noticed urinary changes that I attributed to turning 48 years old.  Continency and frequency became issues and my urine turned cloudy with a tinge of darkish red from time to time. … Read More
  • Marilu Henner Encourages Tough Talks on Bladder Cancer

    For Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, BCAN and actress Marilu Henner have partnered with Genentech, a member of the Roche group, to share her personal story and help people navigate challenging – but necessary – conversations about bladder cancer. Marilu knows firsthand the importance of these discussions. Read More
  • Susan’s Immunotherapy Story

    “In December of 2004 I had serious bleeding and we went right to the emergency room.  I had a cystoscopy immediately, and received a diagnosis of bladder cancer. The doctor who made the diagnosis felt it was serious enough that I needed the level of care that… Read More
  • Mary Beth’s Bladder Cancer Story

    I was 28 when I was diagnosed. I had just started a new job. We were house hunting... Read More
  • Lynn’s Bladder Cancer Story

    Diagnosed in 2011 at age 53 with muscle invasive bladder cancer  In early May of 2011, I noticed blood in my urine. At first I thought this might be a sign of menopause. Then I recalled that a neighbor nine years earlier had thought… Read More