I will soon be accompanying a close friend to Dignitas where she will end her life (she has a virulent, newly diagnosed, Stage IV lung cancer). Has anyone here been to Dignitas in a similar role, or knows of anyone who has, and can comment on the experience? Long-time Mefite posting anon as assisted suicide is illegal in our country. Many thanks.
How do I respond to a puzzling prostate cancer possibility? [more inside]
Someone I know, who has practically no savings and no home, has just been informed that his biopsy was diagnosed to be melanoma at an alarming stage. Could you please point me to any cancer/low-income/housing resources in Portland, OR? [more inside]
Three of my cousins have tested positive for BRCA1 gene mutation, all in the last year. After a 3-month wait, I finally got the good news from the lab - I am negative! I need to tell my cousins... but how? I am elated but the last thing I want to do is add to their pain with my ill-timed, poorly delivered giddiness. [more inside]
Someone very close to me was diagnosed with early stage melanoma. What now? [more inside]
My dad has cancer. He has not told anyone this -- I found out by accident. How to best deal? [more inside]
Young couple living out their dream came to an abrupt halt in October. He was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of melanoma. They had not signed up for Affordable health care insurance, since they were planning on traveling and working around the country. And hey, they are young and healthy, right?? [more inside]
A dear friend (female, early 30s) is at the end of her battle with cancer. Our circle of close friends is spread out all over the country. We've been sending gifts, visiting, pooling money together for cleaning and dog walking, etc for a year. But we're in the final month or two, she's in pain (just now starting to turn to palliative care) and I'd love some ideas on how we can support her and her husband. [more inside]
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]
My father is a terminally ill hospice patient, who has esophageal cancer. I and his wife (my mother) want him hydrated and I want to know, from those who are medically knowledgeable, what a good level of hydration would be for him. [more inside]
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]
Asking for a friend. Her mom lives in Nashville, Tennessee. "My mom was just diagnosed with a rare and aggressive type of breast cancer. She will need both chemo and surgery. In addition to the physical, medical, and emotional toll treatment will take, we need to figure out how to pay for this. [more inside]
I just found out I have High Risk hpv. My doctor didn't seem too concerned, but I feel like my world is falling apart. How do I cope? [more inside]
The story: wife gets breast cancer. Double mastectomy, chemo, radiation. Two young kids. Nine years of remission. Then, recurrence. Three years of more chemo, then three months of hospice and she dies at home in my arms. [more inside]
Routine mammogram yesterday, not entirely unexpected secondary mammogram and ultrasound next week. Please help me calm down about it. [more inside]
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]
How can we make radiotherapy easier? [more inside]
Where can I find free breast cancer screening in NJ? [more inside]
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]
Drinking usually makes me blush, but I don't have any other symptoms of the alcohol flush reaction. Does the increased cancer risk apply to me? [more inside]
If I test positive for cancer, should I divorce my husband so I won't max out his insurance? [more inside]
I need an oncologist that specializes in renal cell carcinoma. [more inside]
Is there any actual, scientific, peer-reviewed truth to the supposed link between antiperspirants and cancer/Alzheimer's? [more inside]
A family member has just found out their very aggressive cancer has returned after what was thought to be a successful surgery. My family member and their partner have been advised to think in terms of management as opposed to cure. [more inside]
I have been diagnosed with stage 2 glioma/astrocytoma (brain cancer). I would love to find some good blogs from people who have gone through the treatment and experience of brain cancer, but I've been having trouble with the search. Links would be much appreciated! I've looked at "Blog for a Cure" and there are few that are updated. I've found more by googling but many are inapplicable. Thanks in advance for your help.
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.
My SO is a speech therapist/speech pathologist at a major hospital, and her department specializes in cancer patients. This can take a quite a toll on her, but the impact has worsened following her own skin cancer diagnosis last year. I was wondering if there were any books, websites, programs or resources designed to help healthcare providers deal with working with these kinds of cases, and perhaps also ones to deal with dealing with cancer diagnoses. [more inside]
Are there any known cases of someone catching lung cancer from a relative? [more inside]
Health-care workers of MeFi: how do you act around doctors when you or a family member is receiving care? [more inside]
This April I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and had surgery to remove my thyroid and several lymph nodes in my neck. The surgery went well, but I have had a very difficult time adjusting to the thyroid medication. I felt good for the first few months, but then unknowingly became severely hyperthyroid. I was optimistic and even happy when I was diagnosed (I felt grateful it wasn't a more severe cancer), then began experiencing night sweats, muscle aches, forgetfulness, severe anxiety and depression. [more inside]
My dog is probably going to die in the next few months. What can I do to make things really great for him during that time? [more inside]
I had a large non-cancerous tumor removed a few years ago. The tumor and the two surgeries required to remove it left me unable to work for a year and $50,000 in debt. [more inside]
I lied about having cancer to my boss. Now what? [more inside]
My mother is dying. How can I forgive myself for the guilt of leaving her bedside? [more inside]
Cervical cancer filter: seeking blogs and online resources. [more inside]
My mother does not have cancer, but the doctor thought she did and took out pretty much everything that made her a woman and is pleased with his work. She is devastated. What now? [more inside]
Does someone with a dying relative better understand what someone who has lost a relative is going through?
Does someone with a dying relative better understand what someone who has lost a relative is going through? Explanation inside. [more inside]
My mother has stage IV, metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer. Any advice on my challenging the terribly poor standard of care? [more inside]
I may have breast cancer. I do not have health insurance. What now? [more inside]
How worried should I be? (You are not my doctor.) [more inside]
My wife has breast cancer. What do we need to know? [more inside]
Breast biopsy. What should we tell the kids? [more inside]
i'm 31. i recently got medical insurance for the first time in 13 years. i am exhibiting some symptoms of stomach cancer and would like to get it checked out. how do i find a good doctor? [more inside]
My friend is dying of cancer. It's just a matter of time before she goes since she has stopped receiving treament. She is bedridden, can't see and is too weak to talk but she can still hear. What can I do for her on our visits to help her get through the day? Are there massage services out there (NYC)? Should I read her a book - what's a good title? Should I ask her family if they will allow me to play some CDs for her - any suggestions? Your input is greatly appreciated.
Seeking perspectives on a difficult situation regarding dating/relationships and serious illness. [more inside]
Ugh. This is not a fun question. So (if you're a guy, at least), you know how you're supposed to do a testicular self-exam once every couple months? Well... [more inside]
HPV has been discussed a couple times here before, but I have a new question. A few months ago my pap smear came back abnormal, and soon I'm going in for a colposcopy. I tried doing some research on this, but internet resources weren't very detailed, and I don't know if I have a good doctor (I'm a student on an HMO). I'm wondering: how painful is the biopsy/LEEP they sometimes do after a colposcopy? How likely is it they'll even do a biopsy or LEEP if the test came back with a mild dysplasia? And how common is it for a woman to have to go back for colposcopies later in her life, if her first abnormal pap was at 22? Does the virus just usually go away, or does it get worse? Any OB-GYNs out there?