American Bladder Cancer Society Inc

Rating: 4.96 stars   53 reviews

Issues: Cancer

Location: 399 Main Street Dalton MA 01226 USA

Mission: TheAmerican Bladder Cancer Society's function is to raise awareness of bladder cancer among the general public and the medical community, to advocate through all means available the advance of research into a cure, treatment, early diagnosis and quality of life issues of survivors, to support bladder cancer survivors by providing community as well as by encouraging the concept of informed medical consumerism.
Geographic areas served: United States
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Found out I had Bladder Cancer in 2006, laser surgery twice, BCG treatment, cancer returned in 2007 more laser surgery...just a whirlwind of emotions, pain, confusion and since it 'wasn't considered one of the more serious cancers' , there wasn't a lot of information. In Dec. 2007 had 12 hrs. of surgery with complete bladder removal, rebuilt my bladder using part of my small intestine "Neo-Bladder", removed my prostrate, removed several masses. Wish there had been a site like this for myself and my family to utilize because we basically had to rely on technical medical documents and other scattered sources. This site is very valuable to those who discover that they have Bladder Cancer. I volunteer at a local hospital with a cancer treatment center/oncology clinic/Women's Breast Heath Center. I wear my survivor's pin and talk freely about my cancer what I had done, and stress the need to do the research on sites like The American Bladder Cancer Society.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing really...I think that it is such a good idea to have sites like this out there for people to utilize. In my brief experience is that there is little that can be done for the elderly who are not computer literate, other than to tell them to have a family member assist them in doing the research.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is such a wonderful place to learn all about this cancer, my husband was diagnosed in Dec. 2012, had a radical cystectomy May 2013 , We had no knowledge of this cancer except that it was fast acting in my husband, with this site and information and stories from others I felt much more informed, our regular MD had no information on this as he had never had a patient with this type of cancer before. Our new Doctor at UofC informed us of this site, and what a help it has been.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Found out my Dad has bladder cancer. This site has been wonderful. Thank You.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This site has made my life much easier dealing with cancer. It is often hard to talk to family due to the fact you know they hurt for you. Talking to people with the same issues and getting information recieved has been amazing.. I am a 28 year old female that has survied this with a two year old boy... Trust me!!! Great place... I would love more awareness on bladder cancer out there,

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing nonprofit!! Such a great resource for those of us diagnosed, for the families and friends and for the general public to get all the information they need!! If I could give more than a 5 star rating, I surely would!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

If it is possible I would give the American Bladder Cancer Society a MILLION STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My husband, Steve, was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer in July, 2006, his was high grade w/CIS and if it wasn't for this site I would have totally lost it. The information provided was invaluable to us and the forum is beyond fantastic!!! Even though some of the members are going through the unthinkable in regard to Bladder Cancer either with themselves or with family members, they are beyond generous with their knowledge, support and a listening ear. We mainly lurk but I did post my husbands story on the forum in hopes of giving hope to someone who is where we were in terms of grasping what's has happened. Thank God Steve has been cancer free for 7 years now!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, this organizing goes above and beyond!!!!!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Society has been a wonderful to me. I lost my dad to stage 2 bladder cancer. He went from diagnosed to being gone in about 7 weeks. I was devastated. You hear so much about breast cancer all over the place, it was hard to find information or support about bladder cancer. I didn't feel so alone, here were people who understood, who could give me facts and information. I strongly support them and all they are doing to inform more people

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

This site is very helpful thank you! I searched high and low for support and eventually found you. I have a lot of questions and fears. My Dad has stageIV bladder cancer and I need this forum to help me understand what he may be going through and what ways I can help. And I need advice on how to deal with my feelings. I'm glad I'm here. I think the forums and Sunday chat. Will help a lot.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

After being diagnosed in January 2010 at age 55 with a "rare" form of bladder cancer, a primary bladder adenocarcinoma, I was referred to Vanderbilt where they did a bladder-sparing partial cystectomy. I was fortunate that I met the very strict criteria for that surgical option. Even though I had very supportive family and friends, I had never felt so alone and isolated as those first several months. Until that path report, I had never been to a urologist, never heard any of those "cysto" words like cystoscope and cystectomy. I didn't know anyone with bladder cancer, and kept reading dismal statistics for my type of cancer. I finally found ABLCS eight months later and I feel like it saved my emotional and mental life. Being among "people like me" took away the dark cloud that had hovered over me all that time. I really can't express my appreciation for the acceptance, encouragement, and empathy I received from members of the ABLCS forum. I now volunteer my time as a forum moderator to be there for others as they hear those same words from their own doctors... "you have bladder cancer." We hope by educating as many people as we can reach, bladder cancer can be diagnosed earlier when treatment has the greatest chance of success against this very determined enemy which has the highest recurrence rate of any other cancer. All I can say is, "Thank you, ABLCS for being there for me, and for everyone affected by this devastating disease."

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

At 53 years of age, and having never had a health issue, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Even though I was correctly diagnosed and Professionally treated, I was constantly wondering if I was supposed to be alone during this process. After finding the ABCS website, I was amazed at the amount of information and support they made available to everyone. I was so impressed I became a regular member of the site and wanted to help others get through their illness. This site is a godsend to those who are afraid and in need of information and a shoulder. The people who created and support this site are to be applauded and rewarded for their efforts

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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