We seek to reduce the harm caused by kidney cancer by increasing knowledge and awareness, providing patient information and by supporting research into the causes, prevention and treatment of the disease. We started out as the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer which was set up in 2006 by the broadcaster, James Whale, following his experience of dealing with the disease in 2000 resulting in him having a kidney removed.
Amazed at the lack of information, support and awareness for patients, James set up the charity in 2006 with CEO Nick Turkentine. In late 2015 Kidney Cancer UK merged with us and we changed our name on February 7 2016 to Kidney Cancer UK.
Thanks to research and the advanced knowledge of the disease, ten-year survival rates for people diagnosed with kidney cancer in England and Wales have almost doubled in the last forty years. However, the fight is far from over as kidney cancer is now the eighth most common cancer in the UK, with around 28 people being diagnosed each day. And sadly, in the past 10 years, kidney cancer rates in the UK have increased by almost a third.
That is why we are here!
As the UK’s leading specialist kidney cancer charity our focus is on reducing the harm caused by kidney cancer for today’s patients and their families and also by reducing its prevalence and impact for future generations. To achieve this, we work closely with patients, nurses and doctors to identify patients’ needs and help ensure they are being met by delivering various professional and educational programmes. We also deliver and support awareness programmes that are aimed at changing at-risk lifestyle factors and encouraging an earlier diagnosis, which makes a significant difference on survival rates
In late 2015 Kidney Cancer UK merged with the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.
Kidney Cancer UK was originally formed in January 2000 by patients, Keith Taylor and Dick Williams to fill a much need support for those diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. The Charity was driven by those with Kidney Cancer and in those early years of 2000 life expectancy was not good. Keith and Dick were both late referrals to Kidney Cancer and sadly both lost their brave fight to the disease and are no longer with us.
The merging of the two charities sees us unite under the clear and concise mantle of Kidney Cancer UK, creating the UK’s leading specialist kidney cancer charity that works tirelessly for patients, carers and their families. Our mission is to reduce the harm caused by kidney cancer through knowledge and awareness, providing patient information and by supporting research into the causes, prevention and treatment of the disease.