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.

for patients

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.

Want to be in the loop for the next town hall? Make sure you’re subscribed for our newsletters and alerts, and follow us on social media!

for researchers

KidneyCAN is dedicated to accelerating kidney cancer research. We offer opportunities for researchers to network and advocate. Thank you for joining us here!

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, and we were excited to have kept this momentum growing with our most successful summit – KCRS21 held on October 7-8, 2021. If you missed out this year, sign-up to receive our newsletters and join in the discussions at KCRS22 on October 6-7, 2022.

ADVOCACY

Kidney cancer research is terribly underfunded, particularly given the prevalence of kidney cancer and its impact on people’s lives.

Making progress toward cures requires advocacy.

What are we advocating for? Awareness? Funding? Research? Cures?

KidneyCAN advocates for all of those things. We know that awareness of kidney cancer 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.

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!

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.

SMART PATIENTS

Sometimes what you really need is to talk to someone who understands. At SmartPatients.com, we have a community of active patients and caregivers who share information and resources.  

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 Programs (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 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...