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I never want to find out I have three months to live.

How do you know when your "not feeling well" is an actual cause for concern? Two people I know have been diagnosed with cancer and then passed away very shortly afterwords after seemingly common/benign symptoms. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jul 19, 2011 - 20 answers

How does health insurance work while on disability?

If someone goes on disability, do they have to go on COBRA or do they keep their company insurance? My uncle was diagnosed with Stage 4 liver cancer yesterday. I am trying to do research about how health insurance works when one is severely ill. [more inside]
posted by afton on Jul 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Not having an immune system is frightening.

Household tips for the immunocompromised? [more inside]
posted by fancyoats on Jul 14, 2011 - 18 answers

How do we prepare for a future without someone we love?

My mother-in-law just got a serious cancer diagnosis and will likely have less time with us than we thought. How can I make sure that my daughter knows her even if she isn't around? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jun 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Please help my friends navigate MGH.

Please help me help my friends navigate their stay at Massachusetts General Hospital as international patients. Said patient is a child who will be receiving proton treatment for a brain tumor. [more inside]
posted by lunaazul on Jun 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me avoid lethargy after three months of chemotherapy.

I've had a chequered history of employment and illness over the last year - after redundancy last summer, I finally got a job (i'm a bid manager) in December, only to be diagnosed with testicular cancer in February. I've spent three, nearly four months going through chemotherapy with the associated recovery periods at home in between, and now the chemo is finished I can't seem to get myself started again. [more inside]
posted by jjleonard on Jun 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Have antiperspirants been conclusively linked to cancer/Alzheimer's?

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 - 12 answers

Asbestos siding: dangerous?

Asbestos siding on our rental: dangerous? [more inside]
posted by cgs on May 23, 2011 - 9 answers

The scourge of housemaid's knee

When a cancer diagnosis hits close to home, how do you avoid hypochondria yourself? [more inside]
posted by zadcat on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Imperilled Eyebrows!

How can I make a good, long-lasting stencil for my eyebrows? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on May 11, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me help my family

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Brain Tumor Blogs

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.
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Grandma needs cancer treatment, but has no insurance

MIL has cancer and needs to move from OH to IA. She has no insurance. How do we get her into treatment fast? How do we get her insurance (Medicare/Medicaid)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by caflores22 on Apr 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Could an EMR absorbing chip reduce the health risk of cellphones?

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 - 26 answers

How do you estimate a cancer risk from radiation exposure?

How is the following risk assessment from this NYT infographic reached?: "The estimated increase in cancer risk of eating two unwashed pounds of [radioactive cesium-tainted broccoli] is about two chances in a million." Is it based on population studies, or sieverts, or something else? What biological effect do sieverts measure? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Apr 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Creative gift for an ailing but tough dad

What kind of unique gift or treat could I send to my dad in Arizona, who's had a rough time with some recent chemo treatments? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Can ya recommend some kind of tonic for BIOPSY APPREHENSION? (uninsured/cancer scare)

After a diagnostic mammogram and subsequent immediate ultrasound, the cyst discovered in last year's same tests has grown. I'm being sent for a biopsy, but have to wait TWO whole weeks due to being uninsured and going through "charity" care. I'm an anxious mess....how on earth will I survive the two weeks? AND, how long do biopsy results take? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Mar 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Isotypes and Heath

Cancer Knowledge: With the recent radiation fears in Japan, how does radiation cause cancer? Also, looking for an expert here - given the huge investments towards cancer research, how far away are we from a cure? Or is it not so simple?
posted by Funmonkey1 on Mar 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Atypical Glandular Cells of Undetermined Significance

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 - 17 answers

Do you have an amazing oncologist? Share please.

this is a shot in the dark but........ does anyone have an amazing, compassionate, etc etc oncologist in the oklahoma city area? i need one asap please.......my dad's cancer is rare: gist so i don't expect to find any one who specializes in that - (i've already googled it and its a no go for oklahoma). help, please. thanks in advance!
posted by zoesmom on Mar 9, 2011 - 13 answers

Tumor cultures: it's like interrogating POWs without violating the Geneva convention

Looking for a company which takes live cancer cells, cultures them, and drops chemo agents on the cultures to see which ones are likely to be effective in vivo. [more inside]
posted by Coventry on Mar 1, 2011 - 4 answers

ugh

What happened as your dog died of cancer? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 on Feb 27, 2011 - 28 answers

Can you suggest resources for a cancer survivor who works with cancer patients?

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]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 - 6 answers

CAT scan for kitty?

Cat is getting an X-Ray tomorrow in search of a tumor. Is this the correct procedure? If you went through cancer with your cat please find more info inside... [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Feb 18, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I survive my mother's death?

How can I survive my mother's death? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Feb 13, 2011 - 36 answers

Bald Patches in Beard - Harbinger of Cancer?

YANMD but: can a bald patch in the beard be an indicator of oral cancer? More detail below. [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jan 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Friendship dilemma: What to do?

I need advice about a friendship [more inside]
posted by fluffysocksarenice on Jan 6, 2011 - 20 answers

Is eating peanuts harmful?

I read an assertion today that peanuts are highly carcinogenic? Is this true?
posted by Jenna Brown on Jan 4, 2011 - 11 answers

What to expect when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and not getting treatment

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 - 15 answers

How can I chill out about the high amount of BPA in receipts?

Phthalates, VOCs, BPA in plastic and cans, the list goes on. I changed my habits in an attempt to avoid all those things. Now it's high amounts of BPA that rub off of sales receipts. Any advice that could help me chill out? I'm exhausted. [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Jan 1, 2011 - 17 answers

My sister-in-law is probably dying

My sister-in-law is probably dying from metastatic breast cancer. I live about 1500 miles from them and I can't afford to go there, both from the cost of travel and the time off from work being uncompensated. How do I handle this situation when the terrible moment arrives? [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Dec 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Shipping biological samples, or FedEx: The World on OUR Time, thank you very much.

Two part question on rapid shipping of biological materials from Australia to the US via FedEx. 1) Getting it through customs, and 2) dealing with a delay resulting from a mistake by FedEx. [more inside]
posted by Estragon on Dec 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Is soy a cancer risk?

Is there a definitive medical consensus on the risk of cancer from eating soybeans? [more inside]
posted by nomadicink on Dec 1, 2010 - 24 answers

Is lung cancer ever communicable?

Are there any known cases of someone catching lung cancer from a relative? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Activities for a sick toddler needed

I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Nov 22, 2010 - 41 answers

I need some advice about visiting my father in the hospital

My dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. We are not close. I'd like some level of closure but don't know what I want. [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy on Nov 17, 2010 - 8 answers

How should healthcare professionals act when they (or their loved ones) are patients?

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 - 19 answers

Nip future cancer in the bud

Is there such a thing as a generic cancer screening? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Nov 10, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I cheer up my MIL? And how do I prepare my son for the worst?

My mother-in-law's lung and lymph cancer is spreading. Outlook is not good. I would love some ideas to cheer her up or show solidarity. I would also like resources for when the inevitable comes and I have to explain to my three-year-old why he won't ever see his grandmother again. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Cancer and Work Issues

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Last Birthday Present

What to give someone for their last birthday? [more inside]
posted by sav on Oct 27, 2010 - 39 answers

The way forward?

Dad with metastaic cancer stage four, pain-free for now. The way forward? [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius on Oct 15, 2010 - 18 answers

How to be supportive when you're several states away?

A relative was just diagnosed with lung cancer. How can I be supportive? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Oct 7, 2010 - 8 answers

What are some good tips for liver health for a cancer patient

What are some good tips for liver health for a cancer patient [more inside]
posted by artlung on Oct 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Waiting for biopsy results

Just had an endometrial biopsy due to postmenopausal bleeding that started over the Labor Day weekend. The results could take two weeks or more and my next appointment is not for three weeks. Do any of you folks who are not my doctor know if this is a safe length of time to wait should it turn out to be cancer?
posted by lazydog on Sep 9, 2010 - 13 answers

Adopted cat, age quoted was 2, vet says 12, and he has cancer. What to do?

Adopted cat, age quoted was 2, vet says 12, and he has cancer. What to do? [more inside]
posted by hussmanne on Aug 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Cancer sux

It's my sister vs. leukemia, and leukemia, it seems, may win. Muddled questions from a muddled brain inside. [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington on Aug 24, 2010 - 30 answers

Please Help Me Help My Dog.

Family dog has cancerous lump on leg, vet says surgery might be enough to cure it (20% chance of recurrence). So what can we do to 1) help minimize the stress of surgery and 2) strengthen his immune system and general health, to increase his odds? So far I've gotten "all raw foods" and "no corn or soy it's all GMO" but neither of these folks actually have dogs. I'd like to hear from the dog-owning hivemind about this.
posted by kestralwing on Aug 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Wife has cancer (terminal, eventually) -- is it right/okay to have children?

My wife has (inevitably terminal) cancer, but we are considering trying to have a baby -- need some help identifying and giving thought to moral, ethical, and medical concerns. My family and friends are too close to the situation to give unbiased advice. [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Aug 18, 2010 - 88 answers

Pain relief for a cancer and arthritis patient in New York City?

My father, in his late 60s, is a prostate cancer and arthritis patient and is currently in a lot of pain to the point where he doubles over groaning. His oncologist and general practitioner have prescribed Oxycodone, which he takes one-two at a time, but sometimes even that doesn't help and other times it makes him sick. The MDs aren't sure whether the cancer or arthritis are to blame at the moment. He'll go back on chemo on Monday and get a full set of scans in September. Meanwhile, does anyone have recommendations for pain relief of the mainstream or alternative variety? He has already tried acupuncture without great success. His lives in NYC. Thank you.
posted by AlmondEyes on Aug 11, 2010 - 10 answers

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