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Charity offers nurses free training in renal cancer

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A kidney cancer charity is offering free training for nurses in a bid to improve awareness and treatment of the disease.

The course, launched by the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer, was developed by uro-oncology nurse specialists and consists of a series of online modules.

The charity is also running regular, free study days across the UK for registered nurses.

The move follows recent research by the Rarer Cancers Foundation, which uncovered a lack of skills among nurses and doctors in diagnosing and treating rarer cancers such as kidney cancer.

“We hope the course will help to increase awareness of the issues facing patients with this devastating disease,” said charity founder and chair James Whale.

“Early diagnosis is very important for kidney cancer patients if treatment is to be successful – this course will highlight this issue and ensure the people dealing directly with patients are well-informed of the pros and cons of kidney cancer treatment.”

The training programme, developed with free learning website cancernursing.org, includes tests, case scenarios and optional research activities.

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