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Voice of Kidney Cancer – Jeff Zdanowski

I had a goal to be in better shape and good health for my 50th birthday and was feeling very good about myself after receiving positive feedback from my annual physical. Unfortunately, this feeling didn’t last very long. Within the next month after my birthday, I had fallen a couple of times from blacking out after standing up too quickly. One morning I found myself not physically able to stand up...

Kidney Cancer Drug Names

Fear of Cancer Recurrence – and why it matters so much

Seventy-five percent of patients will be diagnosed with localized disease – cancer that is confined to the kidney. For most of these patients, surgery will be curative. Because of that fact, few resources exist to support these patients. The assumption is that they are “cured” and no longer need additional care. They are “lucky.” The problem with this logic is that 20...

KCCure All-Star – Dr. Ulka Vaishampayan

Finding a kidney cancer specialist can be daunting. KCCure Patient Communities offer excellent opportunities to get recommendations from others. Learn more at KCCure.

Putting the Tie Back in July!

Every July, we hold our month long, “No Tie July” fundraising effort to raise money for kidney cancer. But this year is different. This year many of us wish we could wear a tie. Offices and workplaces around the world remain closed. And even once workplaces reopen, many people won’t have jobs to go back to. We know that everyone is struggling in this uncertain environment. If you can make a donati...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Jeanette Bartram

I feel led to share my dad’s story. I hope it will give hope and be helpful to others. On June 19th, 2019 my dad, who had recently retired, was in his garage moving things around when he tripped over a cord and landed on his right shoulder. My mom immediately took him to the emergency room where they did an x-ray and found he had a spot (bone met) on the shoulder he broke and one bone met on...

Treatment Advances in RCC

April 20, 2020 Today, Exelixis and BMS announced positive results from a Phase 3 trial combining Cabometyx (cabozantinib) with Opdivo (nivolumab) as a first-line treatment in advanced RCC. What does that mean for patients? In trial, the combination of Opdivo+Cabometyx showed superiority in both tumor control and overall survival versus patients who were treated with Sutent (sunitinib) alone. More ...

Voice of Kidney Cancer – Brianna Stephens

I am feeling thankful that today my husband went out with his dad (we are neighbors) and caught a bunch of bass and some crappies. He was really happy when he got back. After dinner he said that since his cancer diagnosis, he felt stress-free for the first time while out fishing. My heart was filled with joy and sadness all at once. I just want to buy this man a boat or take his place in this jour...

COVID-19/Kidney Cancer Patient Survey

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, governments and hospitals systems are struggling to determine how to continue to provide care when resources are seriously compromised. KCCure ran a patient survey from March 22 to March 25, asking patients to share their experiences, anxieties and concerns about managing their cancer diagnosis during the pandemic. Over 500 patients responded to the survey. We...

COVID-19 Update – Kidney Cancer Drug Supply

As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, kidney cancer patients have been impacted in many ways. Many patients have expressed concerns about kidney cancer drug supply issues as a result of the pandemic. Below are statements from companies producing the most widely used treatments for advanced RCC. At this time, all information indicates that supply lines for kidney cancer treatments remain intact. We ...

COVID-19 Update – Elective Surgery

As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, hospitals around the country are announcing delays, and in some cases, even banning “elective surgeries.” The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has released guidance for hospitals on limitations for these procedures to preserve resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is elective surgery? Many patients are surprised to learn that most surgeri...

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