Dr. Bernadette Zwaans, PhD is conducting Radiation Cystitis (RC) research at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar, Dr. Zwaans has edicated her career to helping cancer survivors, like her father, who are at risk of developing RC.
In March 2015, two months after earning her doctorate degree and starting her career as a Research Fellow at Beaumont Health System, Dr. Zwaans was diagnosed with lymphoma and underwent successful treatment that included surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. “As a scientist, receiving chemo- and radiation therapy is especially difficult as I was very much aware of the damage these treatments do to your normal tissue and the severe long-term side effects they can cause.”
Dr. Zwaans understood what the long-term consequences are of the serious cancer treatments, so she is determined to reduce the burden of millions of cancer survivors through her research by finding treatments for conditions such as Radiation Cystitis. Her story inspires many in the community so we highlight, which we featured on our home page.