The kidneys perform vital jobs to help keep the body healthy; they filter waste and excess fluids from the blood. However, certain medical conditions interfere with the kidneys' job and put the patient's health at risk.
In the United States, the leading causes of kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure. Some patients also have inflammatory diseases, such as lupus or certain cancers that impact the kidneys. Many medications, including over-the-counter painkillers, can also damage the kidneys.
Specializing in advanced kidney care
At Great Plains Health Nephrology, Pushkar Kanade, MD and Jessie Thorup, PA work closely with doctors and patients in the Great Plains Health Callahan Cancer Center and Heart & Vascular Center.
For cancer patients, our nephrology team can monitor the effects of cancer treatment on patients' kidneys, recommend changes if necessary and treat their kidney disease. Chemotherapy and other medicines needed to treat cancer can damage kidneys. There are many kidney-related side effects, which is why it is important to work closely with the cancer doctors to coordinate our patients' care.
Heart disease is the biggest killer in patients with kidney disease. Our physicians work closely with patients who experience heart attacks or heart failure. If someone has a very weak heart, this can also incur damage to the kidneys. In that sense, heart and kidneys are very closely related.
- Acute kidney injury
- Diabetic nephropathy
- Chronic kidney disease
- Pre-end-stage kidney disease
- Peritoneal dialysis
- Lupus nephritis
- IgA nephropathy
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- High blood pressure
- Kidney stones
- Proteinuria (protein in the urine)
Great Plains Health Nephrology offers quality care as close to home as possible. To schedule an appointment at one of our clinics in Valentine, Sidney or McCook, Nebraska and Colby, Kansas, please call 308.568.3500.
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