Resources and support

There are organisations, support groups, videos and books to help you cope with kidney cancer.

Cancer Research UK information and support

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to prevention and treatment.

We are committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer. As well as looking at the information on this website you can call our nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040. They are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can send them a question online.

Cancer Chat is our online forum where you can share experiences.

Support organisations

These organisations give you support through all stages of kidney cancer and its treatment.

Kidney Cancer UK offers support for patients and their carers. It helps them get reliable information about kidney cancer and its treatment, and establish a network of individuals and groups who can offer mutual support.

They have 3 local support groups, meeting in South East London, North East England (Sunderland) and the Borders.

Support line: 0800 002 9002
Contact form

Action Kidney Cancer is a patient -led kidney cancer charity. They have a website and helpline. 

Helpline: 0800 121 8721

The US National Cancer Institute website gives comprehensive guidance on kidney cancer. 

The Myrovlytis Trust is a medical research charity that promotes research into rare genetic disorders.

It runs a website focusing on Birt Hogg Dube Syndrome (BHD), a condition which increases the risk of kidney cancer. This offers support for BHD patients and encourages communication through an online forum. It also gives detailed information for people with BHD syndrome and their families, and for research scientists.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8050 2091 

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer in the UK. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments. Information is available in other languages.

Freephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm)
Contact email form

Provides free, reliable information about health issues including mental health, by sharing people's real-life experiences.


SC Campbell and others
Jones and Bartlett publishers, 2018
ISBN 978-1284164961

This book gives a thorough explanation of the disease and describes the various treatment options. It includes real life stories from patients and caretakers who have had kidney cancer.

Some aspects of this US book may not be relevant to healthcare in the UK.

Find local cancer information and support

The NHS website helps you to find local cancer information and support in England.

Last reviewed: 
15 Jun 2020
Next review due: 
15 Jun 2023

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