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  • Kimberley & Andrew's story

    Tragically, Kimberley Greaves became a young widow at just 44. Her husband, Andrew, died three and a half years after receiving a bladder cancer diagnosis.

    Andrew had been passing blood in his urine but had put off visiting a GP due to his busy job, though Kimberley was keen for him to be checked. Andrew had the symptoms for about 5/6 months before he sought help from a GP.  However, a urine sample showed that his results were clear, and no further action was taken. It was only later, after the blood in his urine became darker, and he started passing clots, that Andrew took himself to A&E, where he was advised to get a referral to urology. The urology appointment confirmed tumours in his bladder, and a biopsy revealed that he had bladder cancer.  

    A lack of awareness of bladder cancer amongst people means the initial symptoms of the disease are often missed.  Blood in the urine is the most common symptom of bladder cancer, and further tests should have been done when Andrew presented with his symptoms. Early diagnosis of bladder cancer is vital and gives patients the best chances of successful treatment and recovery.

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  • New immunotherapy is approved for some people after bladder cancer surgery on the NHS in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland

    The Department of Health and Social Care recommends nivolumab for high-risk people who have had surgery to remove their bladder cancer to reduce the risk of cancer returning and where chemotherapy is unsuitable. Nivolumab works by attaching to a protein called PD-L1, allowing the immune system to increase its activity against the cancer cells. Around 400 people each year will be able to access this treatment on the NHS. Clinical trials indicate that treatment reduces the risk of cancer coming back. 

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  • Life after bladder cancer can still be beautiful

    David Ritchie's story

    David Ritchie was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in 2019 and was left utterly devastated. He had always been extremely healthy and a keen runner. So, after being told what would need to happen to treat his bladder cancer, he felt his world had ended.

    However, it had not. David has since gone on to run a marathon and has many more planned. Life for David is different, but absolutely do-able! Read David's inspiring story of determination below. 

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  • Bladder Cancer Awareness Month Fundraising Heroes


    Bladder Cancer Awareness Month of 2021 was extremely successful! There were lots of creative and fun ideas used to raise awareness of bladder cancer and create vital funds. Take a look and get inspired!

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  • Never ignore blood in your urine: Julia's experience

    Julia MacLeod's story

    This year for bladder cancer awareness month, we are urging people to speak up about their symptoms to try and remove the embarrassment people may experience. Often these feelings mean people delay getting their symptoms checked, which may in turn prevent an early diagnosis. 

    To help with raising awareness, Julia MacLeod shares the symptoms which led to her bladder cancer diagnosis. Julia explains she had "no awareness of what blood in the urine could mean" before being diagnosed. 


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  • Fundraising concert to break the bladder cancer stigma!

    Colin O’Sullivan is holding a charity concert for Fight Bladder Cancer and Colostomy UK

    After battling bladder cancer last year, which could only be treated with life-changing surgery, Colin O’Sullivan was left with two stomas. He now wants to help make a difference for other patients and break the stigma behind topics perceived by many as embarrassing.

    Colin will be holding a charity concert on the 19th of June 2022 to help raise vital awareness and funds for bladder cancer. Colin’s passion for raising awareness for bladder cancer comes from his own self-confessed ‘sheer lack of knowledge’ and the ignorance that comes from people’s reluctance to discuss subjects like 'wee' and 'poo' when it's something everyone does every day.

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  • “My stomas are a small price to pay for a second chance at life.”

    Laura MacKenzie's story

    Laura’s story begins in August 2017, when she passed what she thought was blood but turned out to be faeces in her urine. This was due to a fistula caused by late-stage bladder cancer.

    Initially, she was told she had just weeks to live. Fast forwards to 2022, and Laura is clear of cancer and now lives with two permanent stomas. 

    “This is a small price for a second chance at life, “she says. 

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  • Foods to fuel the fight!

    How to eat sensibly, when nothing takes your fancy.

    Some people get really hungry when on cancer treatment, while others find it a struggle to eat. Either way, aiming for a healthy, balanced diet is the way to go.

    Here are some great tips for finding balance and maximising your nutrition from Carolyn Humphries, food writer and author, originally shared with us for Fight 13.


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  • Why communication matters

    by Jane Blofield, Urology Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at Kent and Canterbury Hospital

    “To be given a bladder cancer diagnosis has a huge impact on life. Suddenly the control you have over your ‘everyday’ is impacted by this new, unwelcome intrusion, which no-one wants and no one invited to the party!” says Jane Blofield.

    We asked Jane, a Urology Oncology Clinical Nurse, to share some of the key actions that have helped her patients and their families over the years. She explains why communication matters with a bladder cancer diagnosis.



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  • Teresa's Story

    Teresa Scott shares her story about being diagnosed with advanced, metastatic bladder cancer. The GP had treated her for several months for a UTI, giving her five sets of antibiotics, despite having other painful symptoms. 

    Her story highlights the all too common and worrying fact that women often face a worse prognosis when finally diagnosed with bladder cancer compared to men ((John et al., 2021. European Urology Focus, 7(2), 359-365). Misdiagnosis of bladder cancer should never go on for this long. 

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