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Women's Preventative Health Charity

A group wants to donate to a breast cancer charity. I would feel personally better about sending funds to a charitable group that focuses on forming good preventative health habits/increasing health care access/improving health practices for women. [more inside]
posted by chuke on Jan 20, 2017 - 5 answers

breast cancer care package

A friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I'd like to send some care packages as she goes through treatment, but need some suggestions on what would actually be helpful / things she can use [more inside]
posted by raw sugar on Apr 24, 2016 - 23 answers

~8 months of Breast cancer remission - WBC count low.

My Mom's in remission from stage two breast cancer (had mastectomy). All has gone well, and she's in good health/spirits. Thing is, she got a call from the office asking her to come in for a recheck/bone marrow scan as her WBC count was low. The doctor isn't in until Monday and she gets pretty stressed. Has anyone been in a similar situation? I'm looking more for reassuring words - from those who have dealt with the stress of constant remission health scares (particularly involving WBC's) or doctors - to show her than anything. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Mar 30, 2016 - 5 answers

Breast cancer treatment with special needs child -- help?

I'm asking this for a friend who was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. She's getting monthly chemo starting next week for 4 months. Following that will be radiation for 6 weeks and then Tamoxifen. She has an 18-month-old son born 3 months premature who cannot stay in daycare (he's immuno-compromised and has short gut syndrome, so the pediatrician has ruled it unsafe until he's at least 3 years old). We are looking for resources to help with child care during her treatment and recovery. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jan 21, 2016 - 11 answers

Would you avoid mammography because of this man?

My parents, senior citizens, have become convinced, after reading a study by the prestigious-seeming Cochrane Institute, and the campaigns of its leader Dr. Peter Gotzsche, that mammography causes more harm than good and should be avoided, not just for screening but for diagnosing any potential lump. It has them afraid of radiation, and convinced there is a growing realization that mammography is too dangerous. Is it right to draw this conclusion from this study, and what does it all mean?
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2015 - 7 answers

2nd Blood work after breast cancer remission... reason to worry?

My Mom is in remission for breast cancer which was diagnosed late last year. She's been in remission since this spring, and has been doing well. She had blood tests done on Friday for the first time since chemo, and was told by her doctor yesterday that "everything looks good." BUT she just got a letter today from the head oncologist asking for more blood work. It's too late to call the office to ask questions, and she is understandably worried. Has anyone been in this situation before? How did it turn out? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Oct 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Do I have a family history of breast cancer?

Do I have a family history of breast cancer? I never know quite how to answer this question, because typically they are asking just about your mother and sisters. Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2015 - 13 answers

Have you (or someone you know well) had breast implants removed?

I have had silicone implants since having breast cancer about 5 years ago. I'm considering having them removed and would be interested in hearing others' experience. [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Apr 13, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I win this appeal vs. my insurance company?

I have breast cancer. My health insurance company, which has paid out tens of thousand of dollars in the past two months with not a peep of protest, has now denied the $6000 genetic testing to determine whether I have the BRCA (and other) mutations. I am not really surprised, but I don't want to pay $6000 out of my pocket, either. [more inside]
posted by something something on Apr 6, 2015 - 12 answers

How can I help my friend after a double mastectomy?

My friend is having a double mastectomy/reconstruction next week after kicking cancer's arse. How can I help to support her physically and emotionally in the weeks afterwards? [more inside]
posted by roshy on Mar 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Exercising during chemotherapy?

My mom (who is retired) recently started chemotherapy for breast cancer. She'd like to get back into her exercise regimen, but has little energy, and consequently hasn't been able to do too much moving around for the past few days. For people who have had a lack of energy as a side effect of chemo: How did you motivate yourself to hit the gym? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Feb 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Breast Cancer Best Practices

I've just been diagnosed with breast cancer. As in, Wednesday. It is a small tumor, likely stage 1 or 2, but aggressive (ER+ and her2+) and I will have chemo, radiation, and then hormone-suppressing pills for a number of years. I am 38 years old and there is no history of breast cancer in my family. Needless to say, I am freaking the hell out. [more inside]
posted by something something on Feb 13, 2015 - 17 answers

Questions for triple-negative breast cancer recurrence?

I found out that I had a recurrence of breast cancer about two months ago, and subsequently had a mastectomy towards the end of December. Although it is a local recurrence, I was told that I should get chemotherapy. This was a big shock to me - I thought the mastectomy would be the end of it - and I couldn't really think of any questions to ask. I'd like to prepare a list of questions to ask my doctor, and would appreciate some suggestions. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Jan 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Making the breast of a bad situation

My cherished spouse was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It's going to be a long haul. At the oncologist's office, I saw a coupon for 3 free acupuncture treatments for breast cancer patients and it got me thinking... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Father about to be diagnosed with cancer needs help with life insurance

I'm 49 and my wife is 44. We have two small children 7 and 2 and do not own life insurance. Last Friday, we learned my wife has breast cancer, and the same day found out there is a likelihood I could be diagnosed with bladder cancer in the following weeks. Is there any kind of life insurance which I should quickly try to secure in the short time I have while I am still basically healthy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me find this story or tell me to walk on.

There's a short story in which a woman tells her new lover that she has had a mastectomy and he abandons her. Or at least I think there is. [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Jan 27, 2014 - 14 answers

Boob pain for Xmas

Basically what it says on the tin. I've been having a bit of an achy right breast for a while now. Help me calm down between now and my mammogram in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2013 - 24 answers

It's like winning the lottery... almost.

My partner and I have just been offered a large amount of money to leave our NYC apartment. Our plan is to pull up stakes and move to my home state. We have to make a decision by tomorrow. However, I've also just had a hinky breast mammogram/sonogram and am scheduled for a biopsy next week. Am I making a major mistake in quitting my job, going on COBRA, and moving cross country when I've got a potential health issue on the line? [more inside]
posted by fuzzywuzzysock on May 9, 2013 - 47 answers

No pink ribbon, thanks

My friend has breast cancer. She is most of the way through chemo and is getting ready for a double mastectomy. She is 36, identifies as genderqueer, and is not at all on board with the whole gender-normative pink ribbon thing. She is planning on having minimal reconstructive surgery. Can you help her find appropriate information and online community? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Nov 21, 2012 - 9 answers

California Health Care and Insurance and What is this lump?

Does anyone have any experience with using the California health care program to treat potential breast cancer? That's my worst case scenario, and yes, I'm scared to death. I'm also without insurance at the moment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2012 - 5 answers

How to handle job interviews while going through chemo/radiation for cancer?

I'm in the middle of treatment for breast cancer (chemo and radiation) and am unsure how to handle sharing this information (if I should at all) during my job interviews. What is my legal obligation? What is my moral obligation? What makes the most sense for everyone involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2012 - 17 answers

radioactive bra?

I accompanied my mom today as she went shopping for bras to wear as she goes thru radiation treatment....do they HAVE to be completely 100percent cotton? Any mefites out there had followup radiation after breast cancer surgery and have suggestions? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jul 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I be screened for BRAC?

What potential drawbacks could there be if I get tested for the BRAC1 or 2 mutation? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Oct 24, 2011 - 9 answers

What's the best way, in 2009, to beat breast cancer?

My wife has breast cancer - the tumor, discovered only last week, is now just under 4 centimetres and it has reached at least one of the lymph nodes - probably caused by the breast biopsy itself, but a metastasis all the same. Please help us decide whether we're doing the right thing. [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Aug 16, 2009 - 17 answers

The uniboob lens

Breast Cancer Media Filter: Looking for (funny/wry/witty/absurdist pov) books, docs, movies. One-woman shows/theatre? Performance art? Installations? Photo essays? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom on Jul 9, 2009 - 14 answers

Continue chemo?

Should my grandmother continue chemotherapy? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Nov 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Her Mother died of Breast Cancer two years ago, what can I do?

Breast Cancer took her mother from her 2 years ago (October 3rd, 2006)- what can I do for her anniversary? [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales on Oct 1, 2008 - 11 answers

Breast cancer - what now?

My wife has breast cancer. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2008 - 13 answers

I'm 23 and my boobs need to go.

I am 23 and I have the BRCA1 gene mutation. My mother had a double mastectomy in her 40s, because of precancerous cell growth, and both of my grandmothers have had breast cancer pre-menopause (both are fine.) I'm basically a ticking time bomb. I'm interested in hearing any stories from women under 30 -- or women that you know -- who have undergone a voluntary double mastectomy because of their family history and/or the gene mutation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Should my mom sue?

My mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, which sucks in many, many ways, not the least of which is that it seems that it could have been caught by her mammogram two years ago, but wasn't, possibly because the technician ignored information in her chart. She is now being encouraged by others to sue for malpractice, considering that her cancer has now had two extra years to progress. I'm wondering if she actually has a case, and if so, how should she proceed. This is kind of a long story, so there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jan 3, 2008 - 23 answers

How should people find out about my breast cancer?

What should my coworkers tell people who ask where I am when I'm home recuperating after surgery? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Apr 2, 2007 - 25 answers

Name a fundraiser night for cancer treatments

Help me come up with a witty name for a fundraising night for a friend's Herceptin (Trastuzumab) treatments. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jul 13, 2006 - 5 answers

Breast cancer: What does it actually mean?

A friend has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I need data. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Apr 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Weird Spot on My Breast

Odd spot. A couple weeks ago I discovered a pink patch about 2 inches long by 1 inch wide on the top of my left breast. [more inside]
posted by fancypants on Aug 31, 2005 - 14 answers

I need help choosing a gift for a friend for mother's day.

My friend's mother died of breast cancer in November, and this is her first Mother's day without her. Any recommendations on gifts or other things to help her through this tough time? [more inside]
posted by forforf on Apr 27, 2005 - 19 answers


A dear family member is having a mastectomy/reconstruction/biopsy this friday. She's across the country, so I can't be there. I'd like to hear any success stories and warnings, plus any advice on how I can help or what I can send.
posted by stray on Mar 3, 2005 - 5 answers

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