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Spring 2023 | Bladder Cancer Summit for Patients and Families

Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2023

Marriott Phoenix Airport

1101 N. 44th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85008


What is the Bladder Cancer Summit?

Beginning in 2023, we are pleased to announce that twice a year, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network will bring together bladder cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to share stories, experiences, and information about the disease. We invite you to join us this Spring on March 31 – April 1, 2023 for two days of exciting programs to help you thrive and survive on your bladder cancer journey. Come to Phoenix, AZ to be in a room full of others who know exactly what you are going through.

Register today to save your free seat at the Spring Summit where you will:

Learn 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.

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.

Explore how cancer rehabilitation can help you before and after treatment, or managing possible side effects with a panel moderated by cancer rehabilitation experts, Sara Parke, MD from Mayo Clinic Arizona and Franchesca König, MD from University of Colorado School of Medicine. With occupational therapist from Banner Physical Therapy in North Scottsdale AZ, Aliza Neufeld OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, and physical therapist Alaina Newell PT, DPT from ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation.

Address anxiety and fears that can accompany bladder cancer with Mayo Clinic Arizona psychiatrist Shweta Kapoor, MD.

Plan strategies to address the impact of bladder cancer treatments on sexuality with Albany Medical Center urologist Svetlana Avulova, MD, and University of Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tucson medical oncologist Alejandro Recio-Boiles, MD.

Hear BCAN Co-Founder Diane Zipursky Quale, Mayo Clinic Arizona medical oncologist Parminder Singh, MD, and St. John’s Cancer Center urologist Jennifer Linehan, MD, discuss recent and upcoming bladder cancer research advances.

Registration for the Spring Summit is free. Information about booking your hotel room is on the registration page.

“I was so impressed with all the speakers and the professionalism of the event. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it certainly exceeded expectations. The staff of BCAN is remarkable and very knowledgeable and are compassionate, caring, good people. It was just good to be with people who truly get what this diagnosis can entail.”

2022 Bladder Cancer Summit attendee

While participating in events held by the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), consistent with CDC guidelines, participants are encouraged to be up-to-date with current guidelines regarding immunizations, practice hand-washing hygiene and wear face coverings to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19. BCAN cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19.