Author: Dena Battle

Remembering Laura Loughlin

The world has lost a remarkable voice for kidney cancer. Laura Loughlin, KCCure’s Director of Patient Engagement, died from her disease on March 27th. After her diagnosis with advanced disease, Laura found comfort in connecting with other patients and wrote about how supporting others gave her a new purpose and meaning. She was one of the first people I reached out to when we began building ...

Fear of Cancer Recurrence

In 2009, at the age of 40, my husband Chris, went to the emergency room for what we thought was appendicitis, only to have a CT scan reveal a massive tumor on his kidney.   The next few days were a blur. Chris was just propelled forward like a car on an assembly line – we weren’t so much consulted, just politely informed of what was coming next. Four days later, following a radical nephr...


Six months before he died, my husband Chris watched a documentary about La Sagrada Familia, a basilica in Barcelona, Spain. He became fascinated with the project and told me how much he wanted to see it in person.  Begun in 1882, La Sagrada Familia has been under construction for more than a century. When architect Antoni Gaudi first designed the project, he knew it would never be comple...

What’s your Kidney Cancer Song?

Driving the long trip from DC to our Kidney Cancer Patient Meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina last week, a song from Pink came on the radio: Walk me home in the dead of night I can’t be alone with all that’s on my mind, So say you’ll stay with me tonight ‘Cause there is so much wrong going on outside I couldn’t help but think about Kidney Cancer Awareness Month and the ...

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

During Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, visit us at KCCure each day, where we’ll share a new story from someone whose life has been touched by kidney cancer. We share Kidney Cancer Patient Stories to let others know that they’re not alone. One day, after talking to a kidney cancer patient on the phone, my daughter Josie asked me what we had been talking about. I said, “He has cancer, and...

Kidney Cancer Patient Communities Matter

If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with kidney cancer, we encourage you to seek out help from others from any one of the amazing kidney cancer patient communities that exist.  Whether you have stage 1 disease or stage 4 disease, there is a place of comfort for you. You are not alone!

Kidney Cancer Awareness Month

Each day in March, visit us at KCCure, where we’ll share a new story from someone whose life has been touched by kidney cancer. We share Kidney Cancer Patient Stories to let others know that they're not alone.

New first line standard of care treatment for Stage 4 RCC

New data from the pivotal phase 3 Checkmate 214 trial combining ipilumimab and nivolumab presented at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference in Madrid showed superiority for the combination over Sunitinib (Sutent). This data will likely mean that the IO combination will move to approval for first line stage 4 RCC therapy.

KCCure Awards Inaugural Grant of $100,000 to Dana Farber for work in CAR T-Cell Research

The Kidney Cancer Research Alliance (KCCure) announced today that their first research grant of $100,000 has been awarded to Dr. Wayne Marasco, at Dana Farber Cancer Center for his proposal: CAR T-Cell Factories that change the Tumor Microenvironment to Achieve RCC Cures.

Show your colors for World Kidney Cancer Day by helping us fund more research!

For our part, in honor of World Kidney Cancer Day – we are proud to announce that our first grant of $100,000 is being awarded to Dr. Wayne Marasco at Dana Farber Cancer Center for his continuing efforts to translate CAR T-Cell Therapy into a new treatment for kidney cancer.

June 22 is World Kidney Cancer Day!

As members of the International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC), KCCure is a proud partner and participant of the first-ever World Kidney Cancer Q&A Day.  On June 22, 2017, patients, caregivers, health care professionals and local organizations from around the world will join together to raise awareness about kidney cancer.

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