Kidney cancer patient stories
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Stories from kidney cancer patients
Helping more people survive cancer is the aim of everything we do. Read stories from people who have been affected by kidney cancer, and how research has made a difference to them.
Taking part in a clinical trial
Nilesh from Luton was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2011. He took part in a clinical trial which monitors kidney cancer patients after surgery. “I feel really good that I took part in a clinical trial, not because I was able to help myself, but because I helped research. Without research like that, people like me wouldn't be sitting here now.”
"My experience has made me value the little things in life”
Jane from Nottingham was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2013, a few days before her husband was diagnosed with bowel cancer. “We have both had surgery. It took a while to regain my health but now I keep fit by cycling and swimming. In 2014, I completed the Race for Life, supported by many family and friends and in 2017 my daughter and granddaughter joined me in the Race for Life. My experience has made me value the little things in life.”
Treating Wilms' tumour
As a GP, Julie knows how difficult spotting cancer can be. Her daughter Georgina was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour, a type of kidney cancer, when she was just one year old. "I’d known something was wrong for a couple of months. When the surgeon managed to save part of her left kidney, it felt like a miracle and then she had chemotherapy, which I know came about from research. She’s doing just grand now. When I watched her learning to skip, or on her scooter, I was so happy that she was doing all the same things as other kids.”