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Bladder Cancer: Be Active in Your
Treatment and Self-Care

Broadcast Live: September 29, 2017
Now Available On Demand

Free online program for patients and caregivers

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Produced in collaboration with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.
This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Genentech, Inc.

In 2017, it’s estimated that there will be about 79,000 new cases of bladder cancer in the United States, adding to the many thousands already battling the disease. To ensure the best outcome for every patient, the American Society of Clinical Oncology suggests a team-based approach that includes patients taking an active and informed role in treatment decisions. However, bladder cancer patients have an enormous amount to learn, from the biology of the disease and how doctors diagnose it to current treatments, surgical options and possible lifestyle changes.

This comprehensive education program was developed by bladder cancer specialists from The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. Originally broadcast live, the program has been divided into four chapters, each including a video lecture, patient testimony and an interactive slide presentation.

Watch the full program or choose from the chapters below.


Chapters and Extras

  • Chapter 1

    Understanding Bladder Cancer

    Learn about the biology of bladder cancer and the risks associated with developing it.

  • Chapter 2

    What Tests to Expect

    Learn about the tests used to diagnose and determine treatments for bladder cancer.

  • Chapter 3

    Treating Bladder Cancer

    From TURBT to immunotherapy, this chapter details the current treatments for bladder cancer.

  • Chapter 4

    Working with Your Cancer Care Team

    This chapter covers everything from insurance and life after bladder removal to self-advocacy and communication.

  • Bladder Cancer Q&A

    Hundreds of questions came in before and during the live program. Watch this extra footage of the panel answering questions they didn't get to during the live broadcast.


Matthew Galsky, MD

The Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Galsky is a medical oncologist with a clinical and research focus on genitourinary malignancies. He completed fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he subsequently joined the faculty. In 2010, he was recruited to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Tisch Cancer Institute where he currently serves as the Director of Genitourinary Medical Oncology. His research has focuses on the clinical development of novel therapies for genitourinary cancers with a particular focus on bladder cancer and he regularly speaks nationally and internationally on the topic. His research has been published in multiple journals including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Lancet Oncology and the Lancet and has been funded by several organizations including the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense. He is a past recipient of the Richard E Rosenfield Faculty Achievement Award and the Danielson Translational Innovation Award.

Nihal Mohamed, PhD

The Mount Sinai Hospital

Nihal E. Mohamed, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York, where she conducts research studies to improve patients’ and family caregivers’ adjustment to cancer and treatment outcomes. Her accomplishments in cancer research and patient education include enhancing patients’ and caregivers’ cancer treatment decision-making and their communication with health care providers, and improving patients’ self-care skills, symptom management and their adherence to follow-up care requirements. Dr Mohamed earned her PhD at Free University, Germany, and completed her post-doctoral training at both the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Icahn School of Medicine in cancer prevention and survivorship.

Stephanie Chisolm, PhD

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

Stephanie Chisolm, PhD, is the director of education and research at the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) in Bethesda, Maryland. Having many years of experience in urology and education for patients and health care providers, she collaborated on patient education projects in the early years of BCAN and is excited to actively support the organization’s mission. Her goals are to raise bladder cancer awareness in the general public, provide education to inform and empower patients, and support efforts to advance research to improve the lives of those touched by bladder cancer. Dr Chisolm received her PhD in health education/health promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has been a university professor, a public health educator and an advocate for patients.



Partners and Supporters

  • Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network
  • PlatformQ Health