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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

Vexatious subway ad

This is the seed that helps kill the tumor and give the patient a better life? [more inside]
posted by renovatio1 on Feb 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Sucking on a bone?

What has your experience been with bone marrow transplants? [more inside]
posted by NeonBlueDecember on Jan 31, 2010 - 6 answers

Not for the squeamish

My dad has been diagnosed with cancer - malignant carcinoma in his stomach where the esophagus joins the stomach. They are going to remove his stomach! Has anyone had any experience of this personally or of a relative? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Jan 27, 2010 - 12 answers

Experiences with chemotherapy drug, Xeloda.

My father starts both radiation and chemotherapy tomorrow for colorectal cancer. For chemo, he has been prescribed Xeloda - which is taken orally. Can anyone share their experiences with this drug? It's noted that Xeloda is well-tolerated by patients, but I wondering what that exactly means in terms of real-life experience vs the pamphlets and website.
posted by punkrockrat on Jan 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Overwhelming Vet Bills

Money/Pet: How do I reconcile being fiscally responsible vs. taking care of my dog's medical emergencies? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Jan 15, 2010 - 42 answers

Thyroid problems for the thyroidless

NoThyroidFilter: People with post LID, hypo hell and RAI experience: how long did it take to recover and get back to "normal" (normal with regards to the necessary extreme hypothyroid state)? Recommendations for helping me get through the recovery period? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jan 10, 2010 - 6 answers

which discipline will give me most information about cancer?

I want to learn about cancer. Which discipline should I take courses in? [more inside]
posted by esolo on Dec 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Business Matters with Zo Sign Cancers

Astrology filter: How do I conduct business with a Cancer? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing on Dec 21, 2009 - 27 answers

How do you overcome fear of death when you have faced major medical problems?

I had a large non-cancerous tumor removed a few years ago. The tumor and the two surgeries required to remove it left me unable to work for a year and $50,000 in debt. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Great things to give a chemo patient?

Need ideas for comforting / useful items to give a person undergoing intense chemotherapy (x2). [more inside]
posted by contessa on Dec 1, 2009 - 13 answers

My Mom won't be around forever... preparation help.

My mom was diagnosed with Small-Cell Lung Cancer about a month ago. Her prognosis is not so good... her doctor is estimating one to two years with chemo. Last night, my mom and siblings got together to discuss her wishes, wills, money, etc. Unfortunately, there are still issues that were left unresolved. In fact, I feel like we left with more questions than answers. [more inside]
posted by Swede78 on Nov 30, 2009 - 20 answers

What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus?

What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Nov 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Let's do the chemo ma├▒ana...

In cancer treatment, how much does delaying chemo by a couple of weeks exacerbate recurrance risk? [more inside]
posted by Estragon on Nov 26, 2009 - 9 answers

My Friend's Child Has Cancer

I was distressed to learn from a woman I work with that one of her children, college age, is in the hospital for a second round with cancer. The cancer is not responding this time to treatment. When asked how I could help, she said people who are making and dropping off food are helpful. So, wondering if you all have suggestions of what food items we might bring to her home, and maybe recipe links. [more inside]
posted by bearwife on Nov 13, 2009 - 27 answers

Is cancer treatment better in the US?

Looking to help a Canberra, Australia acquaintance recently diagnosed with estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer, and wondering whether they would receive better treatment from the US. No politics, please. [more inside]
posted by Estragon on Nov 11, 2009 - 6 answers

There's something I should tell you... I have cancer...

I lied about having cancer to my boss. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2009 - 56 answers

Can I forgive myself for leaving my dying mother's side?

My mother is dying. How can I forgive myself for the guilt of leaving her bedside? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2009 - 35 answers

What can I do to most help cancer patients and those who love and care for them?

I've just started volunteering at a local hospital on the cancer ward. We've had some training and I do have some personal experience (family member) with cancer treatment, but I want to be as helpful as I can -- If you have spent time on a cancer ward, as a patient, family member or friend -- or as hospital staff, how can I, as a friendly stranger, be most helpful to someone like you? [more inside]
posted by nnk on Oct 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Seeking good reading material for a friend.

Cervical cancer filter: seeking blogs and online resources. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2009 - 2 answers

How to take a terminal relative in to your home to die when there are multiple complications?

Mother with terminal cancer, dad being an @#$ about her care, I want to take her in but it's complicated. How do I handle it? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper on Oct 12, 2009 - 34 answers

How to write to someone who's dying?

How do I write a thank-you card to a sister-in-law who is dying? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Oct 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Is sauna therapy particularly useful?

Are the benefits of sauna therapy real? Some family members of mine talk about saunas being useful for "getting out heavy metals." Supposedly, the body sweats them out. [more inside]
posted by mdpatrick on Oct 3, 2009 - 11 answers

How can my 74 yr old ex husband make an informed decision about his super high PSA results?

I am good friends with my ex husband. He learned a couple of months ago that his PSA was over 20. He was also having a serious problem with his leg at the time (he had a femoral by pass surgery). That surgery went well and he has recovered from it..but during that time the high PSA results were put on the back burner until he could get through the surgery. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Sep 8, 2009 - 9 answers

What smells good that doesn't cause cancer?

Candles, incense, and even deodorant are linked with cancer. What can I use to make my house smell nice that hasn't already been proven to make me sick? [more inside]
posted by lexfri on Aug 31, 2009 - 42 answers

Could you get cancer by eating a cancerous tumour?

Not that any human would ever do this, but what would happen if someone ate a cancerous tumor? Like, if they waited around a surgical room, and it was removed from someone's breast, or pancreas. Would the stomach acids kill it? Could the person get cancer by eating it?
posted by Sully on Aug 25, 2009 - 21 answers

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