What We Do
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.
Patients, caregivers, family and friends, clinicians and researchers – if your life has been impacted by kidney cancer, we welcome you to our community.
A kidney cancer diagnosis is overwhelming, but you’re not alone. There are people all over the country who are ready to help you understand your diagnosis and access the best possible treatment.
KidneyCAN provides patient education and support. We are building a patient resource center here on our website, in addition to the direct outreach offered via social media, patient forums, and our special events.
A few times a year, we gather our community for a Town Hall discussion. We invite prominent doctors and research leaders, as well as experienced patients and caregivers, share news to help others. Topics vary, but connecting patients directly to experts is powerful. We love to hear from you!
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with cancer for years, we strive to be a source of community and encouragement.
KidneyCAN Town Halls
This Town Hall took place in February 2021 following one of the biggest kidney cancer research conferences, ASCO GU.
KidneyCAN gathered four of the leading experts in kidney cancer to break down the news. In this video, they share the research in patient-friendly language and answered questions from participants around the US and world.
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Our advocacy for the CDMRP Kidney Cancer Research Program has resulted in Congressional appropriations of $135 million for kidney cancer research in fiscal years 2017-2020. (In 2016, this number was $0.) We help researchers get funding and connect with other researchers to keep progress moving.
In 2019, we hosted the first-ever Kidney Cancer Research Summit to bring translational researchers in kidney cancer together in an annual collaborative meeting. In 2020, KCRS reached a global audience of over 800 registrants. We’re excited to keep this momentum growing and encourage you to attend the next KCRS meeting on October 7-8, 2021.
Making progress toward cures requires advocacy.
What are we advocating for? Awareness? Funding? Research? Cures?
We are committed to advancing kidney cancer research by speaking up for the kidney cancer community. When legislators and organizers meet on Capitol Hill to discuss funding, we make sure kidney cancer gets a seat at the table.
Advocacy work is an all-hands-on-deck endeavor. We invite you to join us and see how empowering it can be to speak up!
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.
KidneyCAN is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and does not receive any funding through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) or KCRP (Kidney Cancer Research Program). Our work is funded by grassroots donors in the kidney cancer community.