Bladder Cancer Patient Stories

  • Jay Kernan

    Jay Kernan

    In July 2009, Jay Kernan was referred to a local urologist to treat urinary bleeding and pain. Following several rounds of tests, Jay was diagnosed with advanced stage bladder cancer. “The urologist suggested I see an expert at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia,” shares Jay, who resides with his wife, Gaetana, in a rural section of Salem County, NJ. Gaetana expressed her desire for Jay to be treated in Philadelphia, where more advanced cancer treatment is available.

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  • Henry

    Henry "Bud" Olencki

    Living with cancer wasn't new to Henry "Bud" Olencki. Diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2003, Bud had localized tumors removed surgically on several occasions. But when the cancer spread to his prostatic urethra in 2009 what had become routine just wasn't working anymore.

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  • Marcia Renouf

    Marcia Renouf

    Bladder Cancer

    In February 2012, Marcia Renouf, 65, noticed blood in her urine. Knowing that was cause for concern, she quickly called her primary care physician. “My only symptom was blood in the urine. I saw my doctor that morning and had an ultrasound that afternoon,” Marcia recalls.

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  • Ted Ritter

    Ted Ritter


    Ted Ritter spent more than 20 years running a mechanical engineering business. During that time, he and his wife, Sheila, raised four children. In January 2010, Ted, who was 68, retired from his full-time job and had his sights set on the next chapter of his life. He was looking forward to relaxing with Sheila in their Florida vacation home, along with spending his newly-found free time with his children and grandchildren, working out, golfing and maybe even some consulting. Just seven months later, Ted's plans came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

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  • Alvin Rollin

    Alvin Rollin

    "Learning you have cancer is a very sobering moment. It was exactly that for me. I felt like my life was over," said Alvin Rollin when he recounted the doctor visit when he heard he had bladder cancer.

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