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STEP 5: Assess Your Treatment Options

During this transition in your life, it’s important to realize that you have options in treating your kidney disease. If you need dialysis, you should explore which type best fits your lifestyle. Work doesn’t have to come second to treatment—you can make dialysis work for you.

Treatment Evaluator

Which dialysis treatment best matches your working lifestyle? Take a short quiz to see which option could be a good fit for you.
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Kidney Transplant

A kidney transplant is a great gift and the preferred treatment option when you have end stage renal disease. In fact, a recent study in the journal Clinical Transplantation found that a higher percentage of people with kidney disease who work receive a kidney transplant than people who don’t have a job1. This correlation holds regardless of insurance status. Transplant as an alternative to dialysis is not a cure for kidney disease, but with the right match and good care, a successful kidney transplant can help keep you healthy—and free up time so you can continue working.
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Home Dialysis for Working Patients

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home hemodialysis (HHD) are treatments that can be done in the comfort of your home and may leave you feeling healthier and more energetic. If you choose PD, you may even be able to perform your treatments at work.
See the benefits of home dialysis »

In-Center Hemodialysis for Working Patients

Flexible scheduling can help you keep your job if you choose to dialyze in a center. Your personalized in-center care team will plan your treatment program to get you the quality kidney care you need during times that fit your work schedule.
Learn about in-center dialysis »

In-Center Nocturnal Dialysis for Working Patients

Need more free time during daylight hours? Maybe treating in a center overnight is more your pace. You’ll receive the same personalized experience—just during traditional sleep hours.
Discover nocturnal dialysis »

1Sandhu GS, Khattak M, Pavlakis M, Woodward R, Hanto DW, Wasilewski MA, Dimitri N, Goldfarb-Rumyantzev A. (2013 Jun 30) Recipient's unemployment restricts access to renal transplantation. National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Steps to Take Now

  1. Check Off Your List

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  2. Get Kidney SmartSM

    Find an instructor-led kidney disease education class near you.

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  3. Talk to a Patient Advocate

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