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Full Patient Guide for Kidney Transplant from a Living Donor

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Complete booklet now available as a full guide for patients
Helpful information, tools and resources for learning about, and planning for, a living donor kidney transplant are now available in a handy complete booklet titled Kidney Transplant From a Living Donor. The booklet brings together individual handouts that are also available.

The multi-page booklet is available online as a PDF and is also being distributed in print form via BC’s kidney care clinics. It features an easy-to-follow layout that guides patients and donors through specific information, such as "Questions to ask my kidney care team" and "Where am I in the transplant process?" and includes room for patients to make notes.

Sharon Gradin, BC Renal project manager, says, “Our patient partners suggested having the option of a full booklet in addition to the individual handouts to suit different preferences for consuming information. Essentially, patients can choose what works best for them.”

The guide is a key part of Transplant First, a BC Renal and BC Transplant initiative focused on standardizing pre-transplant processes. The initiative’s goal is to ensure every kidney patient who is a potential transplant candidate is identified, assessed and supported along the path toward transplantation as the treatment of choice, including assistance in finding a living donor.

Patient partner Bill Dear, who donated one of his kidneys to his sister in 1978 - which extended her life by almost 40 years - also became a kidney transplant recipient in 2020, in his case from a deceased donor. Bill shared his thoughts on the step-by-step guide when it was first available as individual handouts:

“I have seen how overwhelming the news of kidney failure can be,” said Bill. “When that happens to you, having a step-by-step program to educate and guide you helps you to focus on where you want your life to go.”

Bill continued, “From my experience, the end result of a transplant is much better than any other choice, and the best choice in transplant is pre-emptive transplant. This is normally only available by having a living donor. The step-by-step program helps patients to learn how to find a living donor and to take one step at a time through the process.”

Transplant First aims to have patients find a living kidney donor match before they need dialysis treatment. However, the step-by-step guide can also be helpful for patients who need dialysis treatment beforehand.

Learn more

Visit our Living Donor Kidney Transplant page where there is also extensive information for people considering becoming a living donor. 




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