News Autumn 2024


Many in the urology world attended the big annual urology convention – USANZ & ANZUNS – in Adelaide last week. Our charity had a booth in the main hall, talking with all the doctors and nurses about our work to highlight bladder cancer and help patients and medicos with excellent literature and resources. As usual, we raffled an EKO Vintage Reissue guitar and the winner this year was urologist Dr Peter Mactaggart.

Friederika Kaider, Tony Moore, Nathan Lawrentschuk, Shane Qin.
Tony Moore at our USANZ – ANZUNS booth


Our co founder and eminent Professor Nathan Lawrentschuk received the Platinum Trophy for Most Innovative Research. Well done and congratulations to Nathan and the team who contributed.

The AstraZeneca Platinum Trophy recognises the Most Innovative Research presented at the #USANZ24 by a USANZ Full Member. This year’s recipient is Nathan Lawrentschuk. We thank @AstraZeneca for their ongoing support of this award.


We are trialling a new service to hook up new patients with survivors who have been through the bladder cancer journey. If you would like to nominate to talk with patients about your experience please sign up here.

Become a Bladder Cancer Buddy

All information is absolutely confidential. We still talk with lots of people who are averse to social media, so this program can help more senior members of the community.

If you are facing cystectomy, please read our patient surveys. Great information to help with your decisions.


Anthony Knight, a country GP for the majority of his working life, is joining the team. Anthony has been practicing General Medicine since 1983. Recently retired he was one of the main GP’s servicing Benalla and surrounds through his surgery – Carrier St Clinic. His addition to our board will help us better understand and work with the GP community in rural towns.


Analysing peri-operative cystectomy mortality in the older urological population: An Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) study by Shane Qin.

Shane Qin
Shane Qin

Radical cystectomy is the gold-standard treatment for muscle-invasive bladder cancer. Post-operative surgical morbidity and mortality is known to be higher in older populations. The average age of invasive bladder cancer in Australia has increased from 68 years to 76 years in the past 40 years. We aimed to determine the risk factors and causes of peri-operative mortality in patients aged over 75 undergoing cystectomy using data from the Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality (ANZASM) database.

Download the Abstract (PDF 52kb)


Don’t forget to promote your surgery on our directory. If you are treating bladder cancer, or dealing with bladder cancer patients pre or post treatment, patients need to find you.

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