Last week we found out that my mother has breast cancer. This isn't her first battle against cancer as she had colon cancer six years ago, and so far mom is being very matter of fact and strong. She is going in for surgery to remove it tomorrow and then will start the whole radiation/chemo regiment in the new year. Any good last minute, easy to find, supplimentary gift ideas for her? [more inside]
How can I put off worrying about my health enough to enjoy the holidays? Also, what should I ask my second-opinion doctor? (A couple icky details inside) [more inside]
I've got a 14-year-old male indoor cat with a large lump inside his mouth, on his cheek. He doesn't seem to notice or care much—he's been eating/drinking and behaving normally (alpha male). He accidentally bites down on it sometimes and causes it to bleed. It's not a substantial amount of blood, but that doesn't seem healthy. [more inside]
What is chemotherapy like for a young man with melanoma? Can anyone direct me to a good primer, fiction or nonfiction, on what it's like to have this kind of cancer? [more inside]
So I have cancer. I have Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma that started out in my face and emerged initially as a Stage 2 tumor in my mouth (rare). I had an 85% chance of full cure and was cancer free for 1 year and 2 months until... [more inside]
Mom: Cancer + unemployed + broke. Just shy of Medicare eligibility. She needs help immediately. But how? (Cook County, IL) [more inside]
School me on light bulbs! My lamp and overhead light bulbs just died, and I'd like to use the opportunity to rethink the type I'm using. I'm totally ignorant in this area, so I'll give as many details as possible, inside the fold.... [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]
I don't want my sister, hospitalised in the U.K. to die in pain. She will die soon of anal cancer and surgical complications including an extremely painful fistula. I would like to know if she has legal rights to be kept pain free, even if that leads to death. I know doctors can make that choice. I would like to know if she can also make the choice. I do not live in England, and cannot stay with her until she dies, others of the family will be with her. [more inside]
My mother's liver is failing, but nowhere near as fast as expected. She has been in home hospice care for two and a half months. My aunt wants me to take her to the doctor but I feel like the physical toll on my mother outweighs any probable benefit. Am I doing the wrong thing? What do I tell my aunt? [more inside]
My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
My team at work is fundraising for a cancer organization. Would it be weird to disclose that I'm a cancer survivor? [more inside]
If I test positive for cancer, should I divorce my husband so I won't max out his insurance? [more inside]
My dad was an angry person throughout my life. He would throw temper tantrums to everyone else in the household. My mom would lose friends due to his behaviour. He has accused my mom of cheating, he makes decisions without listening to her and then throws temper tantrums when my mom tries to resist, and he has accused my mom of being lazy during times when she was the only one working. Neither my brother or I have much respect for him anymore, but we still love our mom. Mom phoned yesterday telling my dad has testicular cancer and is getting surgery for it. I'm coming in to visit at my mom's request. But she's going to try to make me go through the motions of pretending we're a healthy family. Am I wrong to not have strong mourning feelings towards my dad's cancer?
I need an oncologist that specializes in renal cell carcinoma. [more inside]
A distant cousin (2nd) contacted my sister to tell us that his daughter (3rd cousin) had tested positive for the BRCA2 gene (she doesn't have cancer though). My father died from renal-cell carcinoma and his mother died from some kind of female cancer (the story varies, but it was probably uterine or cervical cancer). Should I, as a male, be worried? Should I bother getting the genetic testing? [more inside]
I'm looking for a very recent article I saw online that was a first-person account of a lady who was living with stage IV liver cancer. Can't remember where I saw it.... Anyone recall something like that?
I like a whisky nightcap from time to time. Does it make sense to take a calcium / magnesium carbonate-type antacid (Rennies, Tums, Rolaids) at bedtime to neutralise the impact the whisky might have on the GI tract, even though I have no symptoms of heartburn or indigestion? I would sort of think it might make no difference at all - that these are sometimes even recommended as a dietary supplement - but I am aware that alcohol is a risk factor in upper GI cancers and I wonder if it might be a useful preventative.
I have a friend who may lose his eye because of cancer in his sinuses, which is being treated with radiation. I'd like to buy him an eye patch, and specifically wanted to buy one that was high quality. Can you suggest some vendors, some suggested designs (especially funny ones), and anything else you think I might could do that would let him know how much he's loved? [more inside]
Any suggestions on how a fellow might help his favorite girl get access to the Thyrogen she has been waiting all spring and summer for? [more inside]
Is it possible to sun tan safely? [more inside]
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]
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]
Household tips for the immunocompromised? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Is there any actual, scientific, peer-reviewed truth to the supposed link between antiperspirants and cancer/Alzheimer's? [more inside]
Asbestos siding on our rental: dangerous? [more inside]
When a cancer diagnosis hits close to home, how do you avoid hypochondria yourself? [more inside]
How can I make a good, long-lasting stencil for my eyebrows? [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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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.
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!
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]
What happened as your dog died of cancer? [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I survive my mother's death? [more inside]
YANMD but: can a bald patch in the beard be an indicator of oral cancer? More detail below. [more inside]
I need advice about a friendship [more inside]
I read an assertion today that peanuts are highly carcinogenic? Is this true?
My wife's grandmother has pancreatic cancer and is not getting treated. What can she (the grandmother) expect? [more inside]