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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

cancer, cancer everywhere. how can I help?

Two friends affected by cancer: how can I help them given distance and financial restrictions? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Will it hurt?

Having a potentially cancerous skin growth removed by a plastic surgeon. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by swift on Jul 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Gift ideas for a cancer survivor

I'd like to get/make a gift for a breast cancer survivor. I am moderately crafty. Gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jul 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Getting through radiotherapy

How can we make radiotherapy easier? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

What do I need to ask about skin cancer surgery?

Mohs surgery, end of next month. What should I be asking the surgeon in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Jul 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Lung Cancer - What now?

80 years old, lost 40 pounds since May, no appetite, weakening, diagnosed with lung cancer today. What can we expect now? [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Jul 17, 2012 - 30 answers

Emergency or not?

My dog's mouth is bleeding; there's a lump by her gums. It's 10pm here. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jul 16, 2012 - 14 answers

My mom has died, I will be ok, is it ok to know that?

My mom has died, I will be ok, is it ok to know that? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Jul 16, 2012 - 47 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

Have hair, will cut hair, need cut hair made into a wig.

Asking for a friend: Where in Northern California can I get a wig made out of my hair to give to a family member with cancer? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jul 9, 2012 - 5 answers

what should I cook for friends why they deal with an extended illness?

Food recommendations, recipes, anecdotes and other suggestions for friends with a long illnesse? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Vet found a hard mass in our dog's anal gland...

Vet found a hard mass in our dog's anal gland (sorry you just had to read anal gland). Could possibly be Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma, could be benign tumor. Looking for as much information as possible, including how risky it is for a 12 year old dog (collie/shepard -ish mix) to have to go through surgery. [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Not an approved method of balancing airflow

My boss is using fiberglass insulation to block an air duct. Am I going to die of cancer because of this? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Jun 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Where do I go to get an expert eye diagnosis?

What is the best place in the country to get my eyes checked out? I went to Walmart's eye center but... [more inside]
posted by banished on Jun 10, 2012 - 7 answers

We're one dead dog short of a sad country song

How can I best support my siblings, who are managing my parents while I live almost 1,000 miles away? [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on May 29, 2012 - 18 answers

Time for a Rocky montage

Stage IV esophageal cancer, metastasized to liver and lungs. What now? Where in Toronto can one find the most aggressive treatment? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on May 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me talk to my friend with cancer

My neighbor is dying of cancer. It's touch or go, and I am not sure, but it may be the end. I am young enough that I haven't known many people to die, and my neighbor is himself young. Not to be dramatic, but I don't know how to say goodbye and I'm nervous. [more inside]
posted by scunning on May 16, 2012 - 17 answers

How can I save my love from dying?

Knowledge-based hope is much needed. Since my first plea -- which helped a lot, really, this month of May has been sorrowful for Maria João and for me. A metastatic brain tumor (around 3 cms) was detected and removed. Gamma-knife surgery is next. Tomorrow starts the search for other cancerous tumors in her body. We both feel, against all odds, that we will be lucky. But what should we do? What should we hope for? Statistics are againsts us but we love each other truly. Two months ago we found a beautiful house to move into. We could move in come July, after all the tests are made. What should we do? What should our attitude be? Should we move or stay put? Should we change country? Should we prepare to die? Or live as much as we still can? Desperate questions need realistic answers. We're fighting for our lives here. Please tell us, knowingly, how to behave. For what it's worth - usually nothing - I think this time we'll be lucky enough to survive. Whatever happens.
posted by MiguelCardoso on May 15, 2012 - 25 answers

How do I stay sober?

How do you stay sober through difficult times? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on May 10, 2012 - 25 answers

Looking for cancer survival statistics by individual hospitals in England.

Looking for cancer survival statistics by individual hospitals in England. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on May 2, 2012 - 9 answers

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