Research and professional training are of importance to Kidney Cancer UK. Our work in these areas can directly help patients by: contributing to the development of new treatments, helping patients be involved in research and clinical trials; improving the kidney cancer knowledge of health professionals and providing a voice for patients about the treatment and care that receive via our own surveys.
Kidney Cancer Nurse Training Programme
The course has been awarded 3 CPD hours.
We offer an online nurse training course which aims to increase nurses specialists knowledge in kidney cancer. With the aim to keep nurses up-to-date with current kidney cancer treatments and care which will be of benefit to them and to their patients.
We are currently developing a course for doctors with the aim of improving early diagnosis rates and specialist knowledge. This course will be aimed at GPs and newly qualified doctors to give them further knowledge in the area of kidney cancer.
If you are a health professional you can click here to be taken to the health professional portal and – when it returns – access the training course. You can also gain access to an online order form for our free ‘understanding kidney cancer’ booklet and Careline poster which you can hand out to your patients.
Kidney Cancer UK actively fund small research projects into kidney cancer. Some of our sponsors specifically ask for their donations to be put to use funding grass roots research. With the aim of contributing to research that could lead to a cure for kidney cancer and improve current treatments. If you are interested in specifically donating to research please contact us.
We aim to enable you to get involved in clinical trials if you wish to. Finding information on relevant clinical trials, especially in your location can be difficult. We have described the clinical trial process in more details on the ‘clinical trials’ page and given you the relevant ‘key words’ and link to the clinical trials gateway that you can use to find suitable clinical trials. It is also worth asking your doctors and nurses if there are any clinical trials that you can get involved in if this interests you.
Kidney Cancer UK run an annual patient survey to find out what you think of the care and treatments that you have received. It is also useful for us to know what type of treatments and care are being received across the country to make sure that there is uniformity. The survey also helps us form ideas for future campaigns, highlighting areas that need improvement; for example early diagnosis.
Occasionally we will run mini surveys if we would like your opinion on a specific area. In 2016 we presented our survey results at the national Early Diagnosis Conference, spreading the word about the need for improvements kidney cancer early diagnosis.
Past survey results and current surveys can be viewed. Please get involved in these surveys if you would like your voice to be heard and would like to contribute to improving kidney cancer care.