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BRCA2 mutation...cancer risks...kids?

Looking for anecdotes from anyone who has been in a similar situation. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Jul 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Feeling terrible dealing with my dad's cancer

My dad who is 84 years old lives in Asia and he was diagnosed with stomach cancer 2 months back.I am his only daughter now as my brother met with an accident and passed away 4 years back.My mom died 20 years back too.He is under the care of my wonderful cousin.I went to see him a month ago and spent some quality time.He was doing fine till last Friday.I have been talking to him twice daily.Suddenly he has started deteriorating and doctors feel his end is very near.I am feeling terrible now.I didnt feel this much when i lost my mom & brother!but i am close to my dad.Thats why probably. [more inside]
posted by SunPower on Jul 17, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I support a loved one with cancer, from far away?

My dad was just diagnosed with Large B Cell Lymphoma. The prognosis is good. He begins chemotherapy (R-CHOP) in a week - 6 cycles every 3 weeks, for a total of 18 weeks. I am a 7 1/2 hour drive away, and I don't own a car. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by Isingthebodyelectric on Jul 10, 2013 - 8 answers

looking for information on patients on step 3 opioids

I am going to be interviewing cancer patients on step 3 opioids for pain management (morphine, tramadol, etc.), and I want to understand how that might affect them. It's not clear to me how much it might slow them down, make them easily confused, or anything else. I realize there might not even be an average for this sort of thing. But I'm hoping that people with relevant first-person or clinical experience could help give me an idea what to expect.
posted by canine epigram on Jul 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Hospice workers and disclosure

My mom has been in hospice care for pancreatic cancer for a few months now. It's obviously at a pretty late stage at this point. Whenever either she or I talk to the hospice care nurse, the nurse really doesn't want to talk about anything in the future, though, except in the vaguest of terms. [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jun 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Breast Cancer and Soon-to-be Uninsured in TN

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]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Well, this still sucks

So my best friend has ovarian cancer. And we're in our "out of the frying pan, into the fire" moment because she's stage 4 and shit's already going poorly. How do I tell my kid? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 27, 2013 - 22 answers

I keep crying over Ian M Banks dying of cancer.

Never in my life has this happened before, but I keep finding myself in tears of grief over the looming death of Scottish writer Iain M Banks, who is far and away my favourite writer and has terminal cancer. I'm looking for ways of helping to resolve this emotion, by using it as energy to fuel a meaningful response. [more inside]
posted by Mistress on May 20, 2013 - 21 answers

Well, this sucks.

So my best friend has ovarian cancer. And she's a divorced mom with no family. All of the support is going to come from friends, and I'm the Friend Leader. I'm going to be asking a million questions about this, I bet, in the coming months, but here's where I'm starting: if I say anything sweet or sentimental to her, she's gonna give me a black eye. I need snarky, sarcastic humor & presents for one of the smartest cancer patients ever. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on May 17, 2013 - 29 answers

My beloved dog has cancer

My sweet 8 1/2 year old golden retriever has been diagnosed with an aggressive peripheral nerve sheath cancer this week. She can hardly walk on one leg and is on a lot of pain medication and she still is quite uncomfortable. We have been offered palliative radiation as a method of reducing some of her pain, not extending her life. Have you ever chosen palliative radiation for your dog? Was is a good decision for your pet or in hindsight would you have chosen euthanasia instead? [more inside]
posted by cecic on May 11, 2013 - 21 answers

I have High Risk hpv. What now?

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]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Now what?

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2013 - 39 answers

Nice thoughtful gestures from afar....

A close relative recently had a double mastectomy and is awaiting breast reconstruction surgery. She is still in recovery phase, and is surrounded by her loving and supportive family. Because of work issues I'm unable to visit for a while. I've sent flowers, and made phone calls, but I would like to get something delivered to her either brighten her day or make this time easier or any more comfortable for her and her family. [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Apr 15, 2013 - 8 answers

F*ck you, cancer (but how?)

If I had gobs of money to throw at a "cure" for cancer, or at least ways to make it suck less for those who have it*, where would the money go farthest? Research for better treatments, research to develop better diagnostic tools, funding for better treatment/diagnostic programs, funding for patient support (like hospice) service, or anything else? Do organizations exist that might be more effective than the American Cancer Society, for example? [more inside]
posted by estherbester on Apr 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Whats a good response to strangers' comments on my dog's limp?

My dog has bone cancer, and spends most of his time gimping around on three legs due a gross tumor on one of his hind legs. He's already a pretty striking dog (obligatory photos here and here and here), so people already often stop to talk to me about him and comment. Now, he has a very pronounced three-legged gate, and people comment on that too. I'm having a hard time dealing with explaining to people "he has cancer" multiple times a day, and watching their faces drop. Any suggestions as to how I can handle this better so I don't ruin my own and other people's day by making everyone think about awesome dogs dying? [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Mar 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Cat Hospice: Help our kitty enjoy her last time with us

Our wonderful kitty was just diagnosed with cancer. We are waiting today (I took the day off work for it, I am such a wreck) to hear more details, but the initial findings were very bad. So, what can I do to help her enjoy her last time with us? I know the vet will give us more information about pain meds (tho she doesn't seem to be in pain) and diet, but I wonder what other thoughts people can give. For example, it was from a friend that I learned it was OK to give her Pepcid A/C (confirmed dosage with vet), and I think that has been helping her tummy. Also, through googling I discovered that it is possible to euthanize in-home, which gives me some comfort for when her quality of life slips below an acceptable threshold. Anything else come to mind? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Mar 27, 2013 - 13 answers

Just a bunch of woo?

Do nutritional supplements for dog cancer work? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Feb 25, 2013 - 15 answers

What to say to a dying relative with a fractured relationship?

My uncle is dying - the doctor says days or weeks. I haven't said anything to him, or his wife, or his kids, since they got the cancer diagnosis a few months ago. Our families have had a historically fractured relationship, so it all feels very awkward to me. Please help me figure out what to appropriately say to them. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Feb 25, 2013 - 10 answers

I handled electrical tape and now my throat really hurts. WTF?

I was taping an ethernet cord over my doorframe with vinyl electrical tape. I can't find the label, but I remember it had a warning saying that the tape contains chemicals that the state of California recognizes to cause cancer. After maybe ten minutes of futzing with it (and breathing), I have a minor headache, my throat hurts a lot, and breathing feels weird and cold. Page 2 of this document warns about fumes from molten electrical tape, but I didn't heat it. Was the warning label accurate? I can't find any scientific info online. Should I take this stuff down from my walls, or will it be OK now that I'm no longer actively handling it?
posted by randomname25 on Feb 22, 2013 - 20 answers

How can a person give themselves cancer?

Hypothetic/literary filter: Book character is looking for ways to die that are self inflicted, but would like it to seem like a deadly disease, but one that kills over a period of about 6 months. All I can come up with are nitrosamines but I don't think that is a sure thing. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by htid on Feb 13, 2013 - 26 answers

Wife has a poor prognosis cancer – How do I stay engaged?

Wife has a poor prognosis cancer – How do I stay engaged? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo on Jan 31, 2013 - 20 answers

Mom's cancer took a turn for the worse, not sure what I can do to help.

My mom has been battling colon cancer for the last 6 1/2 years, and essentially my whole family had settled into the rhythm of her treatment, and I know exactly what I could do to help, but recently her condition took a sharp downward turn, and I feel as if I'd been blindsided without any idea what I can do now. [more inside]
posted by Geektox on Jan 30, 2013 - 19 answers

I hope it's not dog cancer.

I took my dog to vet to get his teeth cleaned today. They saw a very obvious bump on his nose that I hadn't noticed before, told me to see a specialist ASAP, and the dental cleaning did not happen. And then I cried in the car for twenty minutes. Obviously, I'm not asking for a diagnosis via Metafilter, but how can I negotiate/maneuver with veterinary costs? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Jan 28, 2013 - 50 answers

Sick kitty, low on cash.

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 - 15 answers

How to organize a group of caregivers to help a terminally ill friend

One of my best friends was just diagnosed with late-stage cancer. My friend's going to need a lot of help, and I want to organize people to do it. Have you organized or been part of a caregiving group? I need advice from someone who's been down this road. [more inside]
posted by feets on Jan 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Cancer isn't funny, right?

How to not overreact when people joke about cancer? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Jan 24, 2013 - 34 answers

Diet changes after bowel/colo-rectal cancer, and what to do about it.

Looking for info from colo-rectal cancer survivors on what you've done to fix/deal with the diet change issues. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jan 13, 2013 - 11 answers

How does a "layperson" grab the attention of research scientists?

How does my friend get his prostate cancer research into the hands of the relevant researchers? [more inside]
posted by unlaced on Jan 3, 2013 - 36 answers

How do I get by?

Tips for single parents? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Dec 16, 2012 - 28 answers

No light at the end?

Have you ever not only been unable to see the light and the end of the tunnel, and don't care anymore if you do? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Dec 11, 2012 - 20 answers

What to expect, and how to deal?

My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in May this year. We've just been told she now has 6 months to live. Help me with what to expect. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan on Dec 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Should I second guess my surgeon?

I was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer and will be having surgery next week to remove the testicle with the tumor. Should I be thinking about preserving sperm yet? [more inside]
posted by zrail on Dec 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Taking the right care of Great Grandpa

We are lucky enough to have a Grandpa who is 84 years old. He just had a consult with his urologist and has elevated PSA and prostate biopsy positive for cancerous cells ( that is the phrase that keeps being repeated) . [more inside]
posted by slothhog on Nov 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Acquaintance passed away. Do I donate to his preferred charity, despite my concerns?

An acquaintance has passed away, and in lieu of flowers, his family is requesting a donation to a religious cause that gives me some concerns. What to do? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Nov 28, 2012 - 23 answers

Where in Sydney can I get my hair made into a wig?

Is there anywhere in Sydney which will make a human-hair wig for a specific cancer patient? [more inside]
posted by Bakaness on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Need some carcinogen-free lipsticks.

Brands for carcinogen-free lipsticks? [more inside]
posted by xm on Nov 5, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I respectfully dispose of my deceased mom's wigs?

How do I respectfully dispose of my deceased mom's wigs? [more inside]
posted by paindemie on Nov 5, 2012 - 11 answers

What's the loving thing to do?

When to tell other people when someone is very very ill? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Oct 16, 2012 - 45 answers

My eyeball is trying to kill me.

Eye cancer filter: how tired am I likely to be when undergoing plaque radiation therapy for choroidal melanoma? [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Oct 3, 2012 - 1 answer

I need more information about advocating for myself in the American Health Care system

So this was me commenting a bit ago about how some views toward health care actually damage the lives of real people. And now I need advice, because the situation has grown so far out of my control and I think I’ll go out of my mind with worry. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Sep 26, 2012 - 52 answers

How to cope with mom's illness?

What are some tips to cope with mom's illness/despair? [more inside]
posted by dt2010 on Sep 21, 2012 - 13 answers

No lumps, some aches, plenty of fear.

Routine mammogram yesterday, not entirely unexpected secondary mammogram and ultrasound next week. Please help me calm down about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2012 - 16 answers

What art have you seen that addresses illness, healing, or fertility?

What great art have you seen that addresses illness/healing/fertility loss? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Sep 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Their father is dying, 6000 miles away.

My partner's father is in the early stages of death. They are in the Midwest. I'm in the Middle East. Snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by femmegrrr on Sep 15, 2012 - 6 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

My long-distance best friend is depressed and suicidal. Help me help her!

My extremely-gifted best friend halfway across the world was depressed and then recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Now she's nearly suicidal. I'm in over my head and I don't know what to do... [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors on Aug 31, 2012 - 11 answers

Good books about a bad thing.

Looking for good books on cancer. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee on Aug 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Factors to consider when choosing a cancer treatment center

Please give me recommendations on good Bay Area cancer treatment centers. [more inside]
posted by pluot on Aug 15, 2012 - 6 answers

shrink it, shrink it, shrink it like a polaroid picture

"[Blank] It" song lyrics? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Aug 13, 2012 - 19 answers

How can we help our son know his father?

My husband has a few more months before cancer takes his energy, and then his life. We have a 17 month old son. My husband plans to write some letters to our son, but beyond that, I am not sure what to do to help my son know his father. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Mozzie on Aug 13, 2012 - 62 answers

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