Explore Transplant education


Explore Transplant is a series of education programs that have helped tens of thousands of kidney patients nationwide make an informed choice about their treatment options. The materials are available in English and Spanish.

The centerpiece of the program is a series of 4 videos that guides patients through their transplant decision-making process. There is a lot to know! That’s why Explore Transplant was created for kidney patients who may be thinking about a kidney transplant. Patients have just started thinking about their options, or may be close to choosing one. There are many things patients think about such as, “Should I stay on dialysis?”, “Is transplant for me?”, and “How will this affect my loved ones?”


Here’s what patients learn about from this program:

1. The basics of kidney disease

  • What kidneys are and what they do
  • What kidney disease is
  • How to slow down kidney disease
  • What your kidney disease treatment options are

2. What you need to know about kidney transplants

  • Pros and cons of different treatment options
  • Common questions about kidney transplants
  • What it’s like to get a kidney transplant
  • Possible risks of a kidney transplant

3. What you need to know about living donation

  • Ways that people can donate a kidney
  • What it’s like to donate a kidney
  • Possible risks to a living donor

4. How to decide what to do about your kidney disease

  • Reasons to explore a transplant
  • Who can support you
  • List of helpful resources
  • Compare and choose a next step, such as learning about your treatment options, making dialysis better, or beginning transplant evaluation or pursuing living donation

5. Learn real-life donation stories

  • From people who have received living donor transplants
  • From people who have donated kidneys
The goal of this program is to help kidney patients make an action plan towards the treatment choice that is right for them.