Many people believe that unlocking the cure for kidney cancer will solve the riddle for controlling other types of cancer as well.


Our Mission

KCAN is the voice of kidney cancer advocacy in Washington, D.C. and across the United States. Through political advocacy efforts KCAN seeks to foster and fund healthy living efforts, early detection, research funding for breakthroughs, and quality of life improvements for the kidney cancer community.

We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell.
— Lance Armstrong



  • Congressional meetings, (in district and in D.C.)
  • Advocacy days (fly-in) - Capitol Hill
  • Congressional briefings
  • Congressional letters 
  • Agency meetings (FDA, NIH/NCI, CDC) 
  • Consortium involvement and engagement (AUA, OVAC, DHRC, AACR, ASCO, SBUR, others)
  • Convene Stakeholder gatherings - “Connect, Network and Advocate” (attendees – patients, caregivers, physicians, hospitals, industry/pharma, life sciences, others)
  • Coalition building – IKCC, KCCure, Kure It, OVAC, VHL, JNF, DHRC – Harnessing and leveraging ourresources to have the strongest voice
  • State leadership activities – Identify, train, activate state ‘grass top’ leaders and advocates.
  • Stakeholder Registry – database development of grassroots advocates
  • Public relations/media outreach
  • Targeted issue advertising
  • Engaging stakeholders in Washington
  • Mobilizing the community
  • Leveraging resources to achieve the vision of a cure
  • Increased research funding at the NIH/NCI
  • Increased research funding via the CDMRP
  • CDC funding for kidney cancer awareness and future screening funding
  • Congressional information resource