My mom found out that she has cancer. Things are looking okay, but she'll need to travel a few hours away for surgery, followed by a week off work. Over the next couple of months, she'll need daily radiation. The twist is, she started a new job within the past month and a half. How should she share this with her boss (or should she share it at all)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 22, 2013 -
My brother has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, and is currently in the ICU. What we know is that he's not going to die tonight. He's got some life left in him. They're not sure about the precise form yet, that will take some time.
But in the meantime, we have a problem: he's 31, recently unemployed, and uninsured. My family is far from being able to afford out of pocket health costs. And from all the doctors, drugs, machines he's been hooked up to in the past 10 hours, I know the bill is already creeping into the many tens of thousands of dollars.
So my question to MeFites is: what are our options? How do we pay for this? We have very few assets, although I'm sure we'd sell the family home to keep my brother alive for a few more years. But apart from that, we've got nothing substantial. (I'm a graduate student, and my mother is a self-employed seamstress. My father is unemployed). Are there any gov't programs available? Can he go on Medicaid? Etc. I'm having trouble finding hard info on people in his particular situation (not a minor, not elderly, and diagnosed with cancer). Help!
posted by dis_integration
on Jul 31, 2013 -
My cat is sick. I have next to no money. Is there a really-truly-worth it pet insurance company you recommend? Or is there a place I can apply for financial assistance? [more inside]
posted by greta simone
on Jan 26, 2013 -
1 - Is it a good idea to get pregnant when a close loved one is dying?
2 - If I decide to do it, how can I get my husband off the fence? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl
on Feb 13, 2012 -
Depression! But maybe it's hypothyroidism? Dr google tells me it might be cancer (ovarian or bowel) when I add in the other health changes I've had over the last year. Hope me? What do I ask? Who do I see? No insurance. Location and gmail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 28, 2011 -
My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
posted by werty
on Oct 13, 2011 -
Is there any actual, scientific, peer-reviewed truth to the supposed link between antiperspirants and cancer/Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 31, 2011 -
Assuming that the radiation from cellphones is somewhat dangerous, will a product like a chip that absorbs EMR like this one (http://www.radiguard.com.au/the-solution.html) be useful? [more inside]
posted by orangekit
on Apr 5, 2011 -
My wife's PAP just came back showing "atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance". We are both concerned, and I'm having a hard time finding any useful information about what this is likely to mean in terms of prognosis, treatment, etc... So far, everything I've found has been either too superficial to be helpful or too dense to understand. Can anyone point us to some fairly in-depth information that won't overwhelm us with medical-speak? At this point, we're both scared, and any information at all would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by anonymous
on Mar 11, 2011 -
My wife's grandmother has pancreatic cancer and is not getting treated. What can she (the grandmother) expect? [more inside]
posted by meta_eli
on Jan 1, 2011 -
I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Rumple
on Nov 22, 2010 -
Health-care workers of MeFi: how do you act around doctors when you or a family member is receiving care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 17, 2010 -
It's my first question here, ... and it's kinda heavy...
I met a girl/lady. She 's the sweetest person, but she's got a lump inside one of hear breasts. Size of a big plum, except longer. She moved in to CA, has no health insurance and believes that holistic medicine alone will do the trick if it turned out to be a breast cancer...
She would probably prefer - no chemical, no doc bs, better to live quicker happy, rather than slower but with pain kind of path, but I 'm worried and scared, maybe more than she is. I've heard that mammography and some other scan is needed to evaluate and that it's a sort of financial black hole. What to do folks? I need to get her checked, but both mine and her finances are at all times low/0.
Please, any input will be greatly appreciated.
posted by DivineShadow
on Jul 13, 2010 -
In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Apr 18, 2010 -
I want to learn about cancer. Which discipline should I take courses in? [more inside]
posted by esolo
on Dec 26, 2009 -
What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus? [more inside]
posted by raztaj
on Nov 29, 2009 -
My dog has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. For various reasons, my husband and I are probably not going to do the chemo and radiation treatments outlined by the oncologist. If you have made a similar choice with your pet, can you tell me what happened? [more inside]
posted by misskaz
on Aug 6, 2009 -
A somewhat recent NY Times article
explains the connection between ALDH2 deficiency and throat cancer. Request for perspective on level of risk and appropriate response in extended. [more inside]
posted by Busoni
on Jun 13, 2009 -
Cancer Filter - My dad has leukemia and wants an inspiring non-religious book or two about positive thinking - suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl
on Apr 17, 2009 -
Found a distinct lump, and suspect it might be a hemorrhoid. I'm worried, though, that it could be something much worse. Can I wait for my next appointment with my doctor in two weeks or is this something I should have examined right away? If, for example, it was a tumour, would two weeks make a difference?
posted by pantheON
on Feb 2, 2009 -
My terminally-ill grandma is in a hospital that is dirty, poorly staffed, and crowded. My family wants to move her to another facility. She has 2-8 weeks to live. Hospital staff has been unreceptive to our requests. How can we get grandma transferred to another facility?
posted by Ostara
on Oct 14, 2008 -
Childhood A.L.L. Luekemia
My 2 year old niece was just diagnosed with this today and we are scouring the internet trying to find out all that we possibly can. She starts CHEMO tomorrow. Any personal experience or ideas of informative websites would be appreciated. Not generic websites but detailed and resourceful sites. [more inside]
posted by slowtree
on Jul 15, 2008 -
How important is getting a PAP test for a twenty-some bi/lesbian? If it is important, how do you convince someone to get one when she a) had a bad experience in the past and b) thinks she doesn't need one because she is (mostly) gay? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman
on Jul 8, 2008 -
How credible is The China Study
by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II? We would like opinions from individuals who have read the book, although opinions based on other factors are welcome so long as you mention it. [more inside]
posted by mjao
on Jan 2, 2008 -
A relatively new client sent out a mass email this morning detailing the results of his recent biopsy, which came back positive for cancer. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon
on Aug 17, 2007 -
(Writing/Hypothetical Filter) Are there any poisons that (could) mimic the symptoms/effects of cancer if administered to a person over time? [more inside]
posted by teststrip
on Oct 25, 2006 -
What types of food promote good health, and what are the supposed health benefits of consuming such foods/beverages? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe
on Mar 26, 2006 -