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On our website you can read about key facts and statistics about bladder cancer together with information about the Fight Bladder Cancer charity.

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13 November 2019

Please know that if you have already received Mitomycin-C treatment, it was safe and effective.

One of the treatments for Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC) is intravesical Mitomycin-C. With intravesical therapy, the doctor puts the liquid drug right into your bladder rather than giving it by mouth or injecting it into your blood.

In the UK, the major supplier of Mitomycin-C is Kyowa Kirin. Kyowa Kirin has announced a recall of Mitomycin-C, and will be unable to supply any Mitomycin-C to the UK for the next 12 months. The only other licensed supplier of Mitomycin-C in the UK is Medac. However, Medac only have sufficient supplies to meet the requirements of their current customers.

There are also other treatment options available for Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best treatment for you. For example, the treatments BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin), epirubicin or gemcitabine might be suitable for you

Clinical advice from UK Medicines Information to support local management of this supply disruption

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency announcement

Note: At this time, there are no supply issues with BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) in the UK.


31 May 2019


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Andrew Winterbottom, the inspirational founder of Fight Bladder Cancer. He died on Friday 31 May after a diagnosis of bowel cancer last year.

In October 2018, Andrew Winterbottom revealed his terminal diagnosis and stepped down from day-to-day management of the charity to concentrate on his own health. He had chemotherapy which he undertook to prolong his quality of life and continued to participate in planning the future of Fight Bladder Cancer when his health allowed.

Lydia Makaroff, Chief Executive of Fight Bladder Cancer said:

“Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife Tracy and all of Andrew’s family. He will be profoundly missed by everyone who knew him. It is a huge achievement to have founded this charity for fellow patients. Our future work at Flight Bladder Cancer will be his legacy. In March 2019, Andrew attended the inaugural meeting of the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition in Barcelona. It was the culmination of years of work by Andrew to create a global organisation. It is also poignant that he dies on the last day of Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, which he saw develop into a global event.”

Today Fight Bladder Cancer continues to provide love, comfort, information and support to thousands of bladder cancer patients and their families.

Since Andrew stepped down from running Fight Bladder Cancer last year his handpicked team continue the work. Anne, Emma, Lydia, Melanie, Sophie and Sue are carrying on with patient and family support, raising awareness, encouraging research and advocating policy change: all important work begun by Andrew.

Andrew was a man full of creativity. The Andrew Winterbottom Memorial Fund has now been established, to enable big ideas to become a reality.



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