Bladder Cancer Awareness Month

Myassa Kjaerem

Senior Global Medical Advisor, MD. PhD.

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month has been an important time to shed light on this disease and its impact, not only on those diagnosed but also on their loved ones. When someone we care about is diagnosed with bladder cancer, it can be a challenging and emotional journey for the entire family. These considerations are also true for any serious diseases with a potential chronic character.

Relatives often find themselves navigating a range of emotions, from fear and sadness to uncertainty about the future. They may also experience feelings of helplessness as they watch their loved one undergo treatment and face the physical and emotional toll of the disease.

Bladder cancer can disrupt family dynamics, as roles may shift to accommodate the needs of the patient. Relatives often become caregivers, providing support and assistance with daily tasks, appointments, and treatments. This can be both physically and emotionally draining, impacting their own well-being and mental health. Several support options have been available to patients, more and more focus is now dedicated to family caregivers.

Despite these challenges, relatives play a crucial role in the journey of someone with bladder cancer. Their love, support, and encouragement can make a world of difference to the patient, helping them stay positive and motivated throughout their treatment.

During Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, it's important to recognize the impact of this disease on the entire family and to provide support and resources for relatives who are facing this difficult journey alongside their loved ones. By raising awareness and offering support, we can help families cope with bladder cancer and work towards better outcomes for everyone affected, but the awareness should lead to sustainable efforts and action for both patients and family caregivers.

Myassa Kjaerem


The information presented is based awareness campaigns and organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Cancer Research UK, World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition and The Bladder Cancer Advocacy network. These organizations often conduct research and provide support services for both patients and their families, offering valuable insights into the challenges faced by relatives of those with bladder cancer.