Speak Up for Research Funding

Every year, KidneyCAN sends advocates to Washington, D.C., to ask Congress to fund kidney cancer research. Our advocates are patients, caregivers, doctors, and researchers. Join us, and make a difference!

Town Hall: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Renowned clinical kidney cancer researchers shared a retrospective of 2021 breakthroughs, along with a look forward at what we can expect in 2022. 

Just diagnosed? Learn more.

A kidney cancer diagnosis can be scary and confusing. You’re not alone. KidneyCAN has put together resources to help you navigate a new diagnosis, your treatment options, and living well with cancer.

Kidney Cancer Research Summit

KCRS21 took place on October 7-8, 2021. View video and slides of presentations to get the latest kidney cancer research news.

Making Progress Toward Cures

Our Goals

  • We provide education, resources, and support to kidney cancer patients and caregivers
  • We identify patients’ and researchers’ unmet needs
  • We engage and educate policymakers on the urgency of kidney cancer research funding
  • We urge Congress to fund kidney cancer research
  • We increase CDMRP Kidney Cancer Research Program and NIH funding through advocacy
  • We provide direct funding to promising ideas
  • We propel collaboration and progress in kidney cancer research (Kidney Cancer Research Summit)
  • We grow the community of kidney cancer researchers
  • We support the development of new treatments by educating patients on trial access and enrollment
  • We identify new unmet needs, set new goals, and keep working

Our Mission

Our mission is to accelerate cures for kidney cancer. We engage in patient advocacy and power research by supporting government and industry research funding, facilitating research collaborations, and offering direct financial support for clinical and laboratory researchers with promising ideas. Together, we can find the cure.

NEWLY DIAGNOSED?

You’re not alone. We’ve put together a Patient Resource Center to help you navigate a new diagnosis and beyond. Learn about kidney cancer, various treatment options, patient education events, and how to live well with cancer.  

BUILD A CARE TEAM

One of the best decisions you can make when facing kidney cancer is to choose an experienced medical team. We’ve put together resources including a checklist of questions for your doctor and a list of NCI comprehensive cancer centers.

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Join Our Grassroots Army

You might not realize how important it is for the kidney cancer community to advocate in order to make progress toward cures.

What are we advocating for?

Awareness? Funding? Research? Cures?

The answer is — we are advocating for all of those things. We know that awareness of kidney cancer and its impact on many lives leads to a sense of urgency, a desire for solutions. Awareness leads to advocacy, and advocacy — joining to speak as one voice — leads to funding and research. That’s how we get to cures.

listening now. ❤️that @Robert_Uzzo talks about sestamibi scans and other issues relevant to ptnts with #SmallRenalMass(es) https://t.co/5Jjd2PFk0d

What's the latest news in #kidneycancer research? What can we expect in 2022?

Superstars @MVossMD of @sloan_kettering & @Robert_Uzzo of @FoxChaseCancer are going to fill us in!

📆 Wednesday, January 19th
⏰ 5:00-6:00 pm EST
💻 Zoom Webinar
🖊 Register: https://bit.ly/KCResearchNews

Excited for @HKSUO_hk today - esp bc my stellar @cityofhope fellow @ZeynepZengin will be joining us! Thx to @DrDarrenPoon & the cmte for this great opportunity for this rising ⭐️. Join for ...#kidneycancer discussion w us & @ravikanesvaran & @HHammersMD! https://t.co/DwK5AkKOLM

Many registered for the KidneyCAN Research Town Hall during the event or joined us while the webinar was in session. We will put the full video up on YouTube as soon as we can!

"The pace of discovery hasn't lessened during the pandemic. The patients' participation, the doctors' work, it has all continued. Science is speeding up. Everything we have ...learned only adds to how well we understand #kidneycancer, and we'll keep finding new ways to get at this."

"It's a hopeful time for #kidneycancer patients."
- Glenn from PA, 11 year #RCC #survivor

Thank you, Glenn, for coming to our Town Hall and asking your question about ...durable complete response.

THANK YOU to the patients who've come on "live" to ask such great questions during our #KidneyCancer research Town Hall with @MVossMD and @Robert_Uzzo. Seeing these patients and ...hearing their incredibly informed questions reminds us why we do what we do.

When we formed KidneyCAN in 2016, the amount of money Congress allocated specifically for kidney cancer research was $0. Through advocacy, we’ve generated $135 million in research funding in five years.

Latest News

David and Josie: What Cancer Can’t Take Away from Us

David Roy, age 37, lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife, Josie Garcia-Roy. David was was diagnosed in March 2021 with non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma.When Cancer Changes the PlanFor this month's Community Spotlight, KidneyCAN spoke to David Roy and Josie...

Fall Micro-Strike: KidneyCAN Asks Congress to Fund Kidney Cancer Research

Fall Micro-Strike: KidneyCAN Asks Congress to Fund Kidney Cancer ResearchOn Monday, December 1, 2021, KidneyCAN gathered a team of delegates and once again asked Congress to fund kidney cancer research. We are asking for robust funding of the Congressionally Directed...

Handling the Holidays with Cancer: A KidneyCAN Town Hall Event

Don't miss the latest KidneyCAN Town Hall! These events are interactive virtual webinars for patients and caregivers to get information and resources for living with kidney cancer. On November 30th, KidneyCAN will host "Holidays with Cancer: Creating a New Normal for...

Meet the Lesicas: Moving Forward

Tony Lesica, age 58, lives in Connecticut with his wife Jennine. A semi-retired financial planner, Tony is a chess player and football fan. He has three children: Jacquelyn (pictured here), Johnny, and Stacy. Tony was diagnosed with kidney cancer when he was 51 years...

KidneyCAN is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not receive any funding through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) or KCRP (Kidney Cancer Research Program). Our work is funded by grassroots donors in the kidney cancer community. 

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David and Josie: What Cancer Can’t Take Away from Us

David and Josie: What Cancer Can’t Take Away from Us

David Roy, age 37, lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife, Josie Garcia-Roy. David was was diagnosed in March 2021 with non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma.When Cancer Changes the PlanFor this month's Community Spotlight, KidneyCAN spoke to David Roy and Josie Garcia-Roy, both California...

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Fall Micro-Strike: KidneyCAN Asks Congress to Fund Kidney Cancer Research

Fall Micro-Strike: KidneyCAN Asks Congress to Fund Kidney Cancer Research

Fall Micro-Strike: KidneyCAN Asks Congress to Fund Kidney Cancer ResearchOn Monday, December 1, 2021, KidneyCAN gathered a team of delegates and once again asked Congress to fund kidney cancer research. We are asking for robust funding of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and...

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David and Josie: What Cancer Can’t Take Away from Us

David and Josie: What Cancer Can’t Take Away from Us

David Roy, age 37, lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife, Josie Garcia-Roy. David was was diagnosed in March 2021 with non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma.When Cancer Changes the PlanFor this month's Community Spotlight, KidneyCAN spoke to David Roy and Josie Garcia-Roy, both California...

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Fall Micro-Strike: KidneyCAN Asks Congress to Fund Kidney Cancer Research

Fall Micro-Strike: KidneyCAN Asks Congress to Fund Kidney Cancer Research

Fall Micro-Strike: KidneyCAN Asks Congress to Fund Kidney Cancer ResearchOn Monday, December 1, 2021, KidneyCAN gathered a team of delegates and once again asked Congress to fund kidney cancer research. We are asking for robust funding of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and...

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David and Josie: What Cancer Can’t Take Away from Us

David and Josie: What Cancer Can’t Take Away from Us

David Roy, age 37, lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife, Josie Garcia-Roy. David was was diagnosed in March 2021 with non-clear cell renal cell carcinoma.When Cancer Changes the PlanFor this month's Community Spotlight, KidneyCAN spoke to David Roy and Josie Garcia-Roy, both California...