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Kidney Cancer UK is the UK’s leading specialist kidney cancer charity.  Our mission is to help reduce the harm caused by kidney cancer by increasing knowledge and awareness, providing patient information and by supporting research into the causes, prevention and treatment of the disease.

Thanks to research and the advanced knowledge of the disease, ten-year survival rates for people diagnosed with kidney cancer in England and Wales have almost doubled in the past forty years. However, the fight is far from over as kidney cancer is now the eighth most common cancer in the UK, with around 28 people being diagnosed each day. And sadly, in the past 10 years, kidney cancer rates in the UK have increased by almost a third.

That is why we are here!

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Read about our work and help support kidney cancer patients

As the UK’s leading specialist kidney cancer charity, our focus is on reducing the harm caused by kidney cancer for today’s patients and their families and also by reducing its prevalence and impact for future generations. To achieve this, we work closely with patients, nurses and doctors to identify patients’ needs and help ensure they are being met by delivering various professional and educational programmes. We also deliver and support awareness programmes that are aimed at changing at-risk lifestyle factors and encouraging an earlier diagnosis, which makes a significant difference on survival rates.

Thanks to your donations we have had a productive year achieving our aims. Your support means that we were able to provide numerous patients with patient support grants to help them obtain invaluable equipment to make their lives easier and further to the results of a patient survey, we are planning the delivery of our Patients and Professional Project.  This is a highly-demanded educational programme, to provide recently-qualified GPs and hospital registrars with extra insight into kidney cancer.  We also had a really constructive year spreading the word about kidney cancer. We supported the NHS’s Be Clear on Cancer’s, Blood in Pee campaign, which is an important campaign aimed at catching the disease earlier, by producing a highly-informative video.  Featuring Professor Thomas Powles, a Trustee and Head of Solid Tumour Research at Barts Cancer Institute, the video covers symptoms, treatments and support available, as well as underlining the importance of seeking medical opinion if blood is spotted in the urine. We held several awareness days across the UK, with the intention of increasing people’s awareness about how a significant proportion of kidney cancers could be reduced by changing lifestyle factors.

Talking to other people who are affected by kidney cancer can really make a difference to patients, their families and friends. With this in mind, we:

  • provide an online patient and carer forum where people can share their knowledge and thoughts with each other.
  • recently introduced a guest blogger feature to our website so that people could also publish their stories anonymously if they prefer.
  • operate telephone helpline providing information, support and encouragement to kidney cancer patients, their carers and families.

Kidney Cancer UK represents the needs of kidney cancer patients in the political arena by lobbying government to;

  • Increase awareness of kidney cancer among politicians and health policy makers;
  • Highlight the importance of the early diagnosis of the disease;
  • Gain access to the new drug treatments for advanced kidney cancer patients that are currently not available through the NHS.

The charity attends the meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer at Westminster to keep abreast of government directives for the care and management of cancer patients in the UK. In addition, the charity lobbies Westminster, the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament for access to drugs and to increase awareness of the disease.

Kidney Cancer UK is involved with all technology appraisals for new kidney cancer drugs conducted by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The charity provides expert input to the technology appraisals through the provision of expert patient witnesses on the technology appraisal committees and through appeals against NICE reimbursement decisions for kidney cancer drugs on the NHS.

Together with other cancer charities, we are uniting behind the common goal of effective and efficient commissioning of cancer drugs and will be working closely with NHS England, the Department of Health, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) to develop a better process for commissioning cancer drugs.