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Diseases intrinsic to the kidney tend to be progressive and ultimately result in kidney failure and the need for dialysis therapy or a kidney transplant. While there are effective treatments to slow or in some cases arrest the progression, only a few such diseases can currently be reversed with treatment. Thus, most patients tend to progress with their kidney disease to ultimately arrive at renal failure. While kidney disease itself may not be treatable, many of the complications are amenable to treatment which is often more effective if initiated early.

Nephrologist are particularly well-trained to assist patients with early renal failure. They can detect early signs of complications and initiate therapy before irreversible damage is done.

Penn State Hershey Nephrology is supported by a master’s level prepared social worker who will assist patients with their non-medical problems. Services includes counseling to help you and your family cope with kidney disease and the changes it may bring about in the family, home, workplace, and community. They can help you plan for treatment to fit your lifestyle and identify services provided by federal, state, and community agencies to meet your needs, including funding for dialysis and medications (no one is denied dialysis due to a lack of funding). The social worker can help you through the maze of policies, regulations, and paperwork so you receive the maximum benefits available.

Penn State Hershey Nephrology has special clinics in which patients with early renal failure are seen and followed. This has the added advantage of adequately preparing the patient for dialysis in advance of the actual need. Appropriate patients can also be referred from this clinic early in the course of their disease to facilitate their ultimately receiving a kidney transplant. Clinic appointments can be made by calling the Nephrology Office at (717) 531-8156.

 

 

The Nephrology Department is supported by a master’s level prepared social worker with 25 years of experience helping patients with kidney disease. The social worker will assist patients with their non-medical problems. Services includes counseling to help you and your family cope with kidney disease and the changes it may bring about in the family, home, workplace, and community. He can help you plan for treatment to fit your lifestyle and identify services provided by federal, state, and community agencies to meet your needs, including funding for dialysis and medications (no one is denied dialysis due to a lack of funding). The social worker can help you through the maze of policies, regulations, and paperwork so that you receive the maximum benefits available. Contact Gail Flannery, MSW LSW. at 717-531-5228.