Receiving a diagnosis
of "chronic kidney failure" or "end-stage renal disease" can be
a frightening and confusing experience. Since kidney failure patients
need some form of treatment to replace the kidney's functions, finding
the right treatment option-dialysis or transplant--to best suit
your needs becomes a priority. However, you should know that you
are not alone. More than 300,000 patients receive some form of dialysis
and about 12,000 patients receive a kidney or kidney-pancreas transplant
each year in the United States. Medical knowledge and technology
are continually advancing to improve the efficacy of these treatments
and to make other options available.
This Web site
is meant to inform and educate you about end-stage renal disease
and its treatments, and to supplement the information you are receiving
from your health care team.