Choose the right therapy
This section offers you a glimpse of what you can expect with different treatment options and types of dialysis for chronic kidney disease. It allows you to compare and have a better understanding of the pros and cons of different treatment options. The section includes a comparative chart and a self-assessment game, which can be used to help you determine the kind of dialysis that could be right for you.
Visit this section for an in-depth discussion of the treatment options available to people with kidney disease, such as dialysis, hemodialysis, kidney transplantation and conservative care. Here, you will also come to a better understanding of why your choice matters when it comes to the selection of a treatment.
Which dialysis is right for me?
In this section, you will learn the differences between the two types of dialysis therapies available – peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis – and review the benefits and considerations for each. This section includes a comparative chart to help you better understand the pros and cons, as well as an interactive dialysis assessment that can be used to determine which treatment options would be best suited to your lifestyle.
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 when your kidney function drops faster than you anticipated. When 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 that 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.