Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group

Personal Contacts:
 Ritchie Briggs 919-493-0551
Mary 919-832-8455 (please leave message)

Amazing.. Last month's meeting was extra special as we delivered on a commitment to serve dinner to the residents of the SECU Family house.  Support group members pulled together to provide a menu of Brisket, baked potatoes, green beans, salad, cake and tea.  Everything was delish and we received really high praise from the residents and staff. "Best meal ever:", "outstanding",  were just a few of the comments we received. Members also spent time with the residents who are going through challenging medical issues or have family going through treatment in nearby hospitals.    Thanks all for what you do and a special thanks to Paula and Carolyn for organizing the activity. 

This month, we have plenty going on. Trevor Royce will be joining us to go over information about bladder-sparing (aka trimodality—turbt,chemo,radiation) treatment for muscle-invasive disease.. 

Dr. Royce is one of UNC's  newest faculty physicians, joining in July, 2018 from the Harvard Radiation Oncology Residency Program in Boston. He specializes in the treatment of patients with breast, prostate and genitourinary cancers, and also conducts cancer related outcomes research, designed to monitor and improve the quality of patient care. He is the first or co-author of 30 peer-reviewed publications and 2 book chapters related to his clinical and research interests, along with more than 25 presentations at radiation oncology-related meetings nationwide.

Bring your attention and questions.

And as if this wasn't enough, also joining us is

Caitlin Der, who is a very active member of our local Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) chapter. She is working to get the word out about bladder cancer through social media. She's working on the following:


Getting participating in short videos for social media. Ideally, she would like to film a mix of survivors, current patients, caregivers and, people who are on the frontlines. She's picturing two types of videos:


1) 5-7 seconds with a person saying, something to the effect of, "Hi, my name is ______ and I'm a ________of bladder cancer." I would have the person's city on the other side of  our chapter logo.


2) 30 seconds+ telling their story of their connection to bladder cancer and how it's impacted their life


Would you be interested in participating in one or both of these types of videos?  Great!  Ideally, there would be a mix of people to demonstrate the communities that are impacted by bladder cancer to begin to define the scope of the problem. If you'd rather not or don't have the time, I completely understand.

Again,  Caitlin will be with us creating these videos.. Please help if you can. 

Tuesday March 12, 2019 

7-8:30 pm  

Location: SECU Family House, Board Room 2nd floor


123 Old Mason Farm Road, 

Chapel Hill, NC 27517


There will likely be new patients / caregivers in the house looking for support, tips and tricks.     We'll see you there Tuesday!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Walk / 5K To End Bladder Cancer

I'll be asking for volunteers.. Please consider.

  •  summer, sharpen your chemo knowledge, learn to be a proactive patient, see what is new in non muscle invasive disease and more.
    • BCAN is proud to offer patient webinars, bringing nationally recognized bladder cancer experts directly to your computer. Learn about important topics related to bladder cancer diagnosis, treatment, research and quality of life. 



      BCAN Patient Webinars, bring the experts to YOU!

      Nationally recognized experts in all aspects of bladder cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival join BCAN to help you learn more about your disease. Join us for an upcoming live program - ask your questions, get answers! Or watch an archived program and read the transcript!



      Tue, Jul 25, 2017 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT | Understanding Systemic Chemotherapy Options in Bladder Cancer 

      Systemic chemotherapy is used to treat bladder cancer that has metastasized. Medical oncologist Dr. Jean Hoffman Censits from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital will explain how this systemic therapy is used alone, and with surgery, or radiation, to treat bladder cancer.

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      Mon, Sep 11, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT  How to be a Proactive Patient

      Urologist Dr. Stephen Riggs, and nurse practitioner Mary Dunn, RN, MSN, OCN, NP-C, help you understand the questions should you be asking to ensure you are proactive in your treatment and find the answers you need.

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7-8:30 pm

Location: SECU Family House, Board Room 2nd floor

123 Old Mason Farm Road, 

Chapel Hill, NC 27517


For more information, please contact Ritchie Briggs at: or 919 493-0551

"Our mission is to provide support, education and outreach for those touched by bladder cancer: survivors, caregivers, friends and all that are affected."