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Choosing Not to Treat with Dialysis or Transplant

You may choose not to treat kidney failure with dialysis or a transplant. If you choose this path, you will still get care from your health care team. Your care may include:
  • medicine to protect remaining kidney function for as long as possible
  • medicine to treat symptoms of kidney failure (such as nausea, anemia, and poor appetite)
  • advice on diet and lifestyle choices
  • care to ease symptoms, provide relief from physical and emotional pain, and enhance quality of life

It is your choice whether or not to start dialysis or seek a kidney transplant. Your health care provider can help you fully understand your options based on your health status.


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July 10, 2013‚Äč

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