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End-stage renal failure - a long term condition: Track 1

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What does a dialysis machine do? How do people who suffer from renal failure balance their everyday life with being treated for the medical condition? End-stage renal failure is a long term condition in which the kidneys lose their ability to filter toxins and waste products from the blood. It affects mainly older people and is on the increase. Treatment usually involves finding ways to filter waste, using a process known as dialysis which can take place in hospital or at home. 73 year old Malcolm has been on haemodialysis for four and a half years. In this collection, he shares his experience of living with end-stage renal failure and the limitations imposed by the need for regular dialysis.

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Track 1: Malcolm, expert patient

Malcolm shares his views on his role as a patient in the treatment regime.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Malcolm, expert patient    Malcolm shares his views on his role as a patient in the treatment regime. Play now Malcolm, expert patient
2 Learning to live with dialysis    Malcolm reflects on the experience and practicalities of undergoing haemodialysis in hospital. Play now Learning to live with dialysis
3 Malcolm's story    Malcolm, who had a cancerous kidney removed and suffered slow failure of the other, talks about haemodialysis and living with this long term condition. Play now Malcolm's story

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