The mission of the Kidney Cancer Program is to provide superb and compassionate care to all kidney cancer patients and their families, and to advance therapeutic developments through rigorous, innovative, high-impact research.
It may even leave them feeling overwhelmed and powerless. Cancer treatment itself is an unfamiliar and sometimes frightening experience with many uncomfortable side effects. These challenges do not always present themselves to the same extent and complexity in all patients and their families. However, for a majority of patients, in order to cope with these experiences in living with cancer, the body, mind, and soul have to be nurtured. This holistic approach within the clinical setting may require the advice and direction by the doctor to heal the body as well as psychological counseling and assistance from a social worker to ease the mind and spiritual advice from a chaplain to soothe the soul. These facets are held together with input from the volunteers and patient advocates who are patients and caregivers themselves and who help close the circle for total care.”
Bridging fundamental and clinical research, our program has built state-of-the-art resources to support translational research, including what is possibly the largest bank of patient tumors preserved live and the largest collection of mice transplanted with human kidney cancer. These resources have been instrumental for the development of several new drugs now in clinical trials.
Aims to advance medical knowledge by studying patients with kidney cancer.
By engaging patient representatives, family members, and other members of our community, the Kidney Cancer Program strives to promote communication and create an environment where patients feel they belong.