Kidney Today Blog Archive
Topic: Kidney transplant

Paired kidney exchange offers hope to minority patients waiting for transplants

J. Keith Melancon, M.D. performing a surgery
Author: Joseph Keith Melancon, M.D.  |  Posted:

As a transplant surgeon and director of the George Washington University Transplant Institute, I have a special interest is in trying to get as many patients as possible kidney transplants. Patients who receive kidney transplants live a much longer life and are generally much happier than patients who remain on dialysis. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

A friend’s kindness leads to living kidney transplant

Dorothy Krummel and Melissa Sharpe
Author: Dialysis Clinic Inc.  |  Posted:

The medical team believes that the in-line transfusion between their fathers years ago may have played a role in the compatibility of the transplant. Circumstances beyond her control have shaped Dorothy Krummel’s life, for better and worse. Yet, the bigger picture has worked in her favor and unexpected individuals have carried her through her darkest moments. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Stories, Kidney transplant

What’s it like to live with a transplant? The FDA wants to know

Kidney illustration
Author: Ashley Ring  |  Posted:

If you are a transplant patient, the federal government wants to hear from you. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the government agency that regulates the production of all medications in the United States. To determine whether a drug is placed on the market, the FDA measures whether the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Kidney transplant, Kidney failure

More minority organ donors are needed

A group of African and Hispanic women
Author: Clive O. Callender, M.D.  |  Posted:

National Minority Awareness Day has since become National Minority Awareness Week, and we observe it the first week of August every year. This special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant. The number one problem in transplantation remains the shortage of organs. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Kidney disease prevention, Healthy living, Kidney transplant

5 things you should know if you want a kidney transplant

Middle-aged woman considering a kidney transplant
Author: Elaine Milem  |  Posted:

As a patient services advocate who works with potential transplant recipients at a major hospital, I spend a lot of time correcting misperceptions and educating patients about what they need to do to get on the transplant list. As a kidney transplant recipient, I have a lot of “inside knowledge” that I readily share with anyone who will listen. READ MORE >>

TOPICS: Living with kidney disease, Stories, Kidney transplant, Kidney failure
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