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March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month – Join our Facebook Campaign and tell your story!

I’ll be honest, there’s something about the word “awareness” that I’ve never really liked – I think it’s because I wish we didn’t have to be aware of kidney cancer.  And I suppose it makes sense, because our goal at KCCure is to raise money for research to eliminate kidney cancer – to end the need for an awareness month. But for now, there are too many reminders that it still exists.  Spending the day yesterday with a patient, I was reminded how little we know about rare subtypes like Translocation Xp112.  At the ASCO-GU conference in Florida last month, we saw papers presented on the need for more knowledge about Renal Medullary Carcinoma, a rare and aggressive variant of kidney cancer.  We heard from Dr. Marston Linehan about how far we’ve come in finding genetic ...

Pearls of wisdom in an oyster cracker

I do see the pearl of wisdom even if it’s in an oyster cracker in a styrofoam cup. Today was my first and last scan for the year. A first because I’m on a different kind of treatment now which is not chemotherapy based, but immune therapy based. First scan on a new drug always has my thoughts in open waters and sinking. Oysters are heavy you know. And last, because I have no more scans for the rest of the year! If you knew how often I am scanned, (think claustrophobic tendencies AND being completely still for sometimes an hour and a half at a pop) you would also be rejoicing. Hard to swallow without hot sauce for sure and since I don’t eat oysters, the seasoned cracker kind will do just fine. I often wonder how my body can ingest all these toxins for almost 11 years living with kidney canc...

A Break From Cancer

When cancer is a part of your life, you never really get a break from it.  The nagging fears and concerns lurk in the crevices of our minds.  Regardless of your situation – whether you’re stage 1 or stage 4 – the fear of recurrence, concerns about whether a treatment is working, wondering about side effects – it’s just a part of life with cancer.

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Kidney cancer can be just like scaling mountains.

Renal Medullary Carcinoma (RMC) – Rare but not Invisible

There are rare subtypes of kidney cancer that don't get enough attention.

Reasons for Today – Thirsty for Life

Quench your thirst for kidney cancer information and support.

Reasons for Today – Life is a Painting

Living with kidney cancer, remember the colors of individuality.

A Guide to Living with Stage IV Kidney Cancer

Those of us who have survived for years should never lose sight of how lucky we are.

The Promise of Kidney Cancer Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy may be the future of cancer treatment, but we are just beginning to understand how it works.

Familial Kidney Cancer and the Unknown Gene

Your family history is important for understanding a risk for kidney cancer and the genes that cause it.

My Kidney Cancer Team and the Road to NED

By Mike Venable - I have a medical dream team, fine doctors who are the reason I’m classed as no evidence of disease (NED).

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