Transforming Cancer Survivorship & Bladder Health

More people than ever are surviving cancer; cancer survivors have unique health needs and concerns as result of their cancer and treatment. Radiation treatment for prostate, cervical, bladder, and colorectal cancers can also result in radiation exposure to the bladder. Some patients will experience progressive bladder problems 2-20 years after their radiation treatment.


Symptoms can include blood in their urine, increased voiding, having to use the bathroom multiple times per night, and chronic pain. In severe cases, the loss of blood through the bladder may be so significant that it requires hospitalization, blood transfusions, or even removal of the bladder. There are no curative therapies for Radiation or Hemorrhagic cystitis and no FDA approved drugs for this orphan disease.

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1.) understand why some patients develop Radiation Cystitis and how it occurs.

2.) Develop new biomarker tests to determine if a cancer survivor is at risk of developing Radiation Cystitis.

3.) Develop treatments and prevention methods for patients with Radiation Cystitis.

We collaborate with researchers around the world in our efforts to understand Radiation Cystitis.

Beaumont Health

Royal Oak, MI, USA

University of Wisconsin,

Madison, WI, USA

Michigan State University

Lansing, MI, USA

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Jagiellonian University

Kraków, Poland


Dr. Stangel-Wójcikiewicz Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Gynecology Department at Jagiellonian University Medical School, Krakow, Poland. Her work is catered around developing and integrating innovative approaches to advance women's health. Her interest lies in the field of female urinary incontinence and pelvic reconstructive surgery. Broadly, Dr. Stangel-Wójcikiewicz's methodological research focuses on new surgical approaches for female urinary incontinence including regenerative medicine.  She had been leading an interdisciplinary group to develop a robotic system for stem cells injection with the cooperation of the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

Dr. Stangel-Wójcikiewicz’s research interests include optimizing learning practices. She helped develop multiple teaching materials, including computer-assisted instruction tools for teaching urogynecology to medical students and fellows called virtual patients.

She has published extensively in the medical literature on pelvic floor and urinary dysfunction in women, is the author and co-author of sixty original articles in refereed journals and chapters in books. Dr. Stangel-Wójcikiewicz authored the book Regenerative medicine for the treatment of urinary incontinence published by the Jagiellonian University Press in 2016.