National Kidney Foundation Launches Educational Animated Kidney Cancer Video Series

NEW YORK, July 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is launching a series of educational animated kidney cancer videos to convey complex health information while targeting patients with varying levels of health literacy. Six patient-friendly videos, each approximately one and a half to two and a half minutes long, are available in English and Spanish to help patients from diverse backgrounds understand how kidney cancer is diagnosed and how they are diagnosed. surgeries and treatment options can affect kidney function. A report from the 2014 NKF Journal found that at least a third of the 300,000 kidney cancer survivors at the time in United States have had or would develop kidney disease, it is therefore very important to monitor kidney function at diagnosis and beyond.I New cases of kidney cancer for 2021 in United States are estimated at 76,080 (48,780 men and 27,300 women)ii and it remains a significant health challenge associated with poor outcomes.

Renal cell carcinoma (CRC) is the most common type of kidney cancer and has the highest death rate of all genitourinary cancers,iii while kidney cancer is globally the 8e most common cancer in United States.iv Although there have been significant advances in the treatment of kidney cancer over the past decade, patient outcomes continue to be poor, indicating a need for more information on their treatment options. including the stage of kidney cancer and the risk of kidney disease. Kidney disease is also linked to a higher risk of RCC.v

“Kidney disease is already a public health crisis affecting more than 37 million adults in the United States, but 90% don’t even know they have it or don’t understand the importance of preserving kidney function while being treated for kidney cancer, “said Kevin longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation and recipient of a kidney transplant. “We hope that sharing complex medical information via animated educational videos will help improve patient outcomes as well as their understanding of kidney cancer and the treatment options available to them.”

The topics of each animated video are: Introduction to Kidney Cancer: what it is, who develops it and possible causes / risk factors; Stages of kidney cancer and key points to get an accurate diagnosis; Treatments and surgical procedures: ablation, partial nephrectomy and radical nephrectomy; Surgical approaches: open, laparoscopic and robotic; Immunotherapy: what is it and when is it used? Targeted therapy: what is it and when is it used? and Precision medicine: what it is and when is it used.

Most kidney cancers are discovered by chance during treatment for another condition such as kidney stones. That’s why it’s important to see your healthcare professional regularly to check your kidney function and report any signs or symptoms, such as blood in your urine or lower back pain. It is not known why kidney cells change and become cancerous, but some risk factors for kidney cancer include smoking, being overweight, being on dialysis for a long time, having limb limbs. family with kidney cancer, drug called phenacetin, and a history of long-term exposure to asbestos or cadmium and some rare genetic diseases such as von Hippel-Lindau disease, Birt Hogge Dube syndrome and others. You may be able to lower your risk of developing kidney cancer by avoiding risk factors that can be controlled such as increased body weight, high blood pressure, and smoking. Please note that just having one risk factor or even multiple risk factors does not mean that you will develop kidney cancer, but it can increase your risk.

For more information on the new NKF Kidney Cancer Videos, visit our Patient Information Center at NKF Cares and to learn more about kidney disease, visit

Kidney disease facts
In United States, an estimated 37 million adults have chronic kidney disease and about 90% are unaware they have it. 1 in 3 adults in the United States is at risk for chronic kidney disease. Risk factors for kidney disease include: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and family history. People of Black or African American, Hispanic or Latin American, Native American or Alaska Native, Asian or American of Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander descent are at increased risk of developing the disease. Blacks or African Americans are almost 4 times more likely than white Americans to have kidney failure. Hispanics are 1.3 times more likely than non-Hispanics to have kidney failure.

About 785,000 Americans suffer from irreversible kidney disease and need dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. More than 555,000 of these patients are receiving dialysis to replace kidney function and 230,000 are living with a transplant. Nearly 100,000 Americans are currently on the kidney transplant waiting list. Depending on where a patient lives, the average wait time for a kidney transplant can range from three to seven years.

About the National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and oldest patient-centered organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease in the United States. For more information on the NKF, visit

I Chang A, Finelli A, Berns J., Rosner M. Chronic kidney disease in patients with renal cell carcinoma. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2014; 21: 91-95.
iii Hu S, Chang A, Perazella M, et al. The nephrologist’s tumor: basic biology and management of renal cell carcinoma. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016; 27: 2227-2237
v Lowrance W. Ordonez J, Udaltsov n, Russo P, Go A. CKD and incident cancer risk. J AM Soc Nephrol. 2014 ; 25: 2327-2334.

SOURCE National Kidney Foundation

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