Patients, in our own words

During this series of videos, actual kidney cancer patients and carers talk frankly about their experiences, emotions and how to live well with a diagnosis of kidney cancer.

All editorial control was retained by the Kidney Cancer Support Network and the sponsors had no influence over the content of these videos.

Coping with a diagnosis of kidney cancer

Part 1

During this video, Lynne, Alison, Mick and Andy talk frankly about their thoughts and feelings and what happened when they were first diagnosed with kidney cancer.

Coping with a diagnosis of kidney cancer

Part 2

In this video, Alison, Lynne, Andy and Mick talk about preparing to go into hospital for a nephrectomy, the type of nephrectomy each patient had, and whether they were provided with enough information about the procedure. They also talk about whether they had a biopsy of their tumour.

What can you expect after a nephrectomy

During this video Steve, Andy, and Jon talk about how long they had to stay in hospital following a nephrectomy, what happened when they went home, and how they found out about the KCSN and sharing experiences with other patients.

Talking about kidney cancer

Steve, Lynne, and Alison talk emotionally about how they felt when they were told they had kidney cancer, whether they had any support from healthcare professionals to help them deal with the diagnosis, and how they told family and friends of their diagnosis. They also discussed the implications of their diagnosis on their employment and finances.

Living with early stage kidney cancer

Lynne and Andy talk about how long they have been cancer-free and what changes they have had to make to their lifestyles. They also talk about how they have coped emotionally and physically, and what follow-up they have had after surgery.

Managing your kidney cancer treatment

In this video, Mick, Colin and Jon talk about the treatment they have had since having surgery and the changes they have had to make to their lifestyles. They also talk about how they have coped with treatment physically and emotionally and what advice they would give to other kidney cancer patients.

Biopsy results

In this video, Colin, Salena and Rose talk about whether their pathology results had been explained to them. They were also asked whether they had had a discussion about prognosis with their healthcare professionals, what type of kidney cancer they had and the next steps in treatment. They were also asked what advice they would give to newly diagnosed patients who had just received their pathology report.

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