Town Hall: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Renowned clinical kidney cancer researchers
will share a retrospective of 2021 breakthroughs,
along with a look forward at what we can expect
in 2022. Join us!

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!

Handling the Holidays with Cancer

KidneyCAN gathered experts to share strategies for creating a “new normal” as you cope with kidney cancer during the holiday season.

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 2021

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.


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.  


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.

For Patients



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.

KCRS24 Session Eight - Rapid Abstract Presentations in Kidney Cancer Research | KidneyCAN

We’re excited to share the final collection of visual notes by Ink Factory from #KCRS24! Their real-time lustrations have brilliantly captured the heart of our sessions, turning complex ideas into ...engaging visuals. Check out their amazing work and this!

Day 2 of #KCRS24 was a whirlwind of groundbreaking research, insightful discussions, and inspiring moments! Together, we’re #AcceleratingCures for #KidneyCancer. Thank you all for an amazing ...conference!

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.

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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.