Learn more about chronic kidney disease (CKD). Visit this section to learn more about the kidneys and the work they do, to find out how you can manage life with CKD, and to find tips for working with your healthcare team and coping with your illness.
Get a glimpse of what you can expect with different treatment options and types of dialysis for chronic kidney disease. You can compare different treatment options and have a better understanding of the pros and cons of each option. The comparative chart and a self-assessment can be used to help you determine the kind of dialysis that could be right for you.
Your decision matters!
As your kidney function slows down and stops working normally,
you will need to make a decision about your treatment. Your choice of treatment affects every aspect of your life, including your schedule, diet, activities, energy level, and more. A diagnosis of kidney disease can feel overwhelming and you may be anxious about the lifestyle changes it involves. However, you do have a choice of treatment, and your healthcare team is there to educate you on all the types of options available to you.
Start the discussion about the different treatment options early with your healthcare team and your family. This will help prevent the need for a hurried and uninformed decision if your kidney function drops faster than you anticipated. If this happens you may have to start dialysis urgently, and may not have time to choose the type of treatment that suits your lifestyle. In this case, you will likely be put on the default dialysis, which is in-centre hemodialysis. There are medical considerations as well as lifestyle considerations for why one type of treatment may be more suitable for you than another. Therefore, it is important to start your discussion with your healthcare team early, so you understand the different types of treatments in order to choose the right dialysis modality, and start planning to begin your treatment.
If you are already on a dialysis treatment and think it is not the right fit for you, you can always discuss with your healthcare team and reconsider your options.