While there is typically no cure for CKD, there are treatments that can help. Getting tested is important—with early diagnosis and treatment, you may be able to slow progression and keep your kidneys working.
Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5—End Stage Renal Disease
- Decide with your doctor on the best treatment option for you:
- Manage treatment for any other medical conditions.
- Follow your kidney treatment exactly as prescribed, including receiving dialysis for the full recommended time and/or taking your medications.
- Get to know your care team at your kidney dialysis center or meet with your at-home dialysis care team, depending on which method of dialysis you've chosen.
- Commit to being an active participant in your kidney care. Only you can ensure that you follow your care plan and take the necessary steps to live your fullest life.
- Get support and information from your social worker, as needed. He or she can provide advice and resources to help you adjust to living with ESRD—and thrive.
- Find an in-person or online support group—your social worker can help you find one. Talking to people who are going through the same things you are can really help.