Philadelphia Inquirer | October 02, 2011

Dr. Francos Interviewed By Philadelphia Inquirer About Chronic Kidney Disease

Bishop Joseph Galante of the Catholic Diocese of Camden will begin dialysis treatment next month after suffering from chronic kidney disease for a year. His kidney disease is in the fourth of five stages and it is related to Type 2 diabetes, which he has had since 2000.

In a Philadelphia Inquirer article, George Francos, MD, nephrologist at Jefferson, explains that in Stage 4, the kidney function is at about 15 to 30 percent. Although patients typically start dialysis or receive a kidney transplant in Stage 5, patients may start dialysis earlier due to other conditions or problems.

Read the full "Bishop Galante to start dialysis treatments in Oct." article.