Welcome to the Renal Cancer Research Fund page of our website. The Renal Cancer Research Fund was a registered charity, initially set up in 2011 by kidney cancer survivor, Christy Watson and her sister Gemma Swankie.
After Christy’s initial diagnosis the sisters were shocked to discover the lack of successful kidney cancer treatments. The main problem is that kidney cancer research gets very little funding, therefore advancements in new treatments is slow. Also, there are often no symptoms or they can be passed off as something else, so early detection is difficult.
Christy and Gemma, felt they had to do something to raise awareness of kidney cancer, and help advance research for a successful kidney cancer treatment or cure. And so the Renal Cancer Research Fund evolved.
Action Kidney Cancer have joined forces with the Renal Cancer Research Fund to extend our involvement in research projects and to include the patient voice to further the care and treatment of kidney cancer patients and their families throughout the UK.