Free program educates about bladder cancer

October 2, 2007

On October 13, 2007, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) will host, "Understanding Bladder Cancer," a free educational program directed at patients, family members and caregivers. The forum will be held at the University of Chicago's Gordon Center for Integrative Science, 927 E. 57th Street, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Although the forum is free, registration is required as space is limited. Register online at www.bcan.org/html/registration1.html or by calling 1-888-901-BCAN (888-901-2226).

Bladder cancer specialists from the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and Loyola University will gather to present a complete overview of the disease. Topics to be covered include bladder cancer basics, making good treatment decisions, understanding clinical trials, surgical management of invasive bladder cancer and living with a urostomy.

There will also be opportunities for survivors and their caregivers to ask questions.

As the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with a recurrence rate between 50 and 80 percent, bladder cancer is a significant health concern.

"It is time for bladder cancer patients to unite and strengthen their community," says Diane Zipursky Quale, co-founder and president of BCAN. "With the gap of information available on bladder cancer, it is more important than ever to give patients a voice within the medical community. This event will provide a comfortable environment for patients and physicians to discuss important issues associated with the disease."

Lunch will be provided.

About the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) is the first and only national advocacy organization dedicated to improving public awareness of bladder cancer, and increasing research directed towards the diagnosis, treatment and cure of the disease. Founded in May 2005, BCAN is a cooperative effort among bladder cancer survivors, their families and caregivers, and the medical community. BCAN was founded by husband and wife Diane Zipursky Quale and John Quale. To learn more about BCAN or to get involved, please contact us at (301) 469-6865 or log on to: www.bcan.org.

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