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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

Colon cancer/surgery in elderly

Two weeks ago my 83 year old mother was diagnosed with colon cancer--surgery to remove the right side of her colon is scheduled for this Friday. If anyone here has gone through this type of surgery, what were your experiences during post op and recovery? What can our family do to make Mom's recovery easier? [more inside]
posted by I'm Brian and so's my wife! on Aug 8, 2010 - 6 answers

What is it like to die of cancer?

What are your experiences with terminal metastatic melanoma? [more inside]
posted by something something on Jul 23, 2010 - 21 answers

How can I figure out if my uncle is really sick?

My uncle has cancer...allegedly, and our family members are rallying together to help him. How can I give without feeling like a sucker? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Jul 19, 2010 - 11 answers

How to prepare a 4.5 year old for his grand father's passing?

How to prepare a 4.5 year old for his grand father's passing? [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Jul 19, 2010 - 14 answers

What vegetarian dishes would most soothe and delight my friend and her husband after his cancer surgery?

What vegetarian dishes would most soothe and delight my friend and her husband after his cancer surgery? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Jul 18, 2010 - 16 answers

The 6 letter curse word ,starts with C and deadly(literally).need your advice

It's my first question here, ... and it's kinda heavy... I met a girl/lady. She 's the sweetest person, but she's got a lump inside one of hear breasts. Size of a big plum, except longer. She moved in to CA, has no health insurance and believes that holistic medicine alone will do the trick if it turned out to be a breast cancer... She would probably prefer - no chemical, no doc bs, better to live quicker happy, rather than slower but with pain kind of path, but I 'm worried and scared, maybe more than she is. I've heard that mammography and some other scan is needed to evaluate and that it's a sort of financial black hole. What to do folks? I need to get her checked, but both mine and her finances are at all times low/0. Please, any input will be greatly appreciated.
posted by DivineShadow on Jul 13, 2010 - 37 answers

10 Year Old Cat With Tumor...What to do?

My 10 year old cat has a hard, unmovable tumor on his breast bone. I am unsure where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Jul 2, 2010 - 11 answers

How do I balance my work and my family when I live in another state?

I am incredibly stressed out by things going on with my family right now, and I'm not sure how I should handle things. [more inside]
posted by jnaps on Jul 2, 2010 - 8 answers

I just found out my mom has breast cancer. I don't know what to do.

I just found out my mom has breast cancer. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by vocpanda on Jun 16, 2010 - 30 answers

Recipes for someone on procarbazine

What recipes compatible with procarbazine do you recommend?
posted by vincele on Jun 12, 2010 - 5 answers

What kind of cancer should I give my character?

What kind of cancer should I give my character? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jun 11, 2010 - 18 answers

Avoiding duplicate research

How much money is wasted on duplicate AIDS and cancer research and how do scientists avoid such duplication? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Jun 6, 2010 - 18 answers

it really puts the "succ" in "succinate"

Is there anything I can do to offset the side effects of beta blockers? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on May 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Helping my friend with Cancer

How do I go about appropriately and respectfully helping my friend with cancer? [more inside]
posted by pennstatephil on May 22, 2010 - 17 answers

The only connection between vaccines and cancer is HPV, right?

What evidence is there, of any sort from any time, which links vaccines, either human or animal, to cancer? [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight on May 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Mystery Disease

What Is WRONG with me, for God's sake? Last Wednesday night I was struck with a stiff neck, and really swollen knee joints. By end of work Thursday (driving 300 miles) I was wholly incapacitated with a low grade fever, upper back pain and lumpy knees. Now, much of this is not new, as I already have blood cancer and fibromyalgia, but this is way beyond the scope of these diseases. (I am immunologically compromised) [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on May 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Post-Cancer Gratitude Gift Suggestion

[Asking for my dear sister] I am a third-year female medical student and have recently kicked Lymphoma's ass. Needless to say, this was quite a challenging journey to take while still remaining in school and I would have been extremely hard-pressed to stay in the game without the help of a couple of core friends who were constantly there for me. [more inside]
posted by eytanb on Apr 29, 2010 - 12 answers

To the ER or wait it out?

Is this worth a visit to the ER tonight just to ease my mind, or should I just wait until I see my doctor again in 2 weeks? Am I crazy for thinking this is all related? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Apr 28, 2010 - 26 answers

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick?

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Apr 18, 2010 - 21 answers

Do they make peanut butter-stuffed steaks?

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 - 29 answers

What is chemotherapy like for a dog?

What is chemotherapy like for a dog? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Mar 12, 2010 - 18 answers

Make-A-Wish for adult cancer victims?

Is there an organization like Make-A-Wish that serves adult cancer patients? Or even adult cancer patients with kids? [more inside]
posted by mrgoldenbrown on Mar 2, 2010 - 6 answers

The results are in, and you may not be a winner.

I just received word that my biopsy/examination results are in. They want to see me tomorrow morning. Should I start freaking out now? The receptionist scheduling me was not forthcoming with any details. [more inside]
posted by Emperor Yamamoto's Eggs on Feb 23, 2010 - 15 answers

How to find Angiogenesis-based doctors or financial alternatives for needed drugs for cancer treatment.

Girlfriend with skin cancer looking for Angiogenesis-based doctor or financial alternatives for purchasing needed drugs. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Feb 18, 2010 - 4 answers

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