Chronic kidney disease means that your kidneys cannot remove waste and keep your body's fluids and chemicals in balance. When you have kidney failure, you need to have dialysis to filter your blood. Or, you need a new kidney. For many people, dialysis or a kidney transplant helps them live better and longer. But other people may decide that they do not want these options.
You may have other health problems that make dialysis hard to do. Or your other health problems might mean you would not do well with dialysis or a kidney transplant. You also may decide that you are tired of treatments and that you just want to be comfortable. You have the right to end treatment when you want. You also can choose to still take medicine but not have dialysis or a transplant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Robin L. Fainsinger, MB, ChB, LMCC, CCFP - Palliative Medicine
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