Kidney cancer survivor says having credible information helped him face his diagnosis

23 June 2017

Toronto -

Facing cancer is hard. Especially when you have to face cancer twice. In 1997, Chris Caverly was diagnosed with stomach cancer when he was only 30 years old. The husband and new father underwent surgery and 3 months of chemotherapy only to be told that his odds of surviving were low. Chris would later go on to defy the odds, not only surviving, but also welcoming the birth of his son.

Chris would remain cancer-free for 13 years until he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2010. Feeling uncertain and fearing the unknown, Chris and his wife turned to the Canadian Cancer Society for information to help them gain a better understanding of his diagnosis.

“When you are first diagnosed with cancer, it’s overwhelming,” says Chris. “Having credible information from the Canadian Cancer Society made facing a second cancer diagnosis much easier. I think that it’s very important to have cancer information to know what you’re dealing with, but also to know that you don’t have to face it alone.”

Now cancer-free, Chris knows that knowledge is power and encourages patients and their families to seek out information when dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

At the Canadian Cancer Society, we’re here to help answer questions and empower Canadians with timely cancer information to help them make informed decisions about their health. That’s why we’re happy to announce the release of our new kidney cancer booklet in partnership with Kidney Cancer Canada.

We are working together to achieve a common goal to improve the health and knowledge of early-stage kidney cancer patients. Our new booklet, Early Stage Kidney Cancer, will provide Canadians with information about the disease to help them decide on treatment options.

To get your copy, visit cancer.ca/publications.