My mother has stage IV, metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer. Any advice on my challenging the terribly poor standard of care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 23, 2009 -
My elderly, FIV-positive cat has a strange black bump on his neck. I can't find anything similar online and the vet dismissed it as a blackhead about six months ago, but it got bigger. [more inside]
posted by xenophile
on Mar 7, 2009 -
Found a distinct lump, and suspect it might be a hemorrhoid. I'm worried, though, that it could be something much worse. Can I wait for my next appointment with my doctor in two weeks or is this something I should have examined right away? If, for example, it was a tumour, would two weeks make a difference?
posted by pantheON
on Feb 2, 2009 -
My aunt has potentially terminal cancer. She's avoiding making any decisions, but she's also not doing anything to enjoy the present. My mother is a wreck. Is there anything at all that I can do to help? [more inside]
posted by amelioration
on Jan 27, 2009 -
My terminally-ill grandma is in a hospital that is dirty, poorly staffed, and crowded. My family wants to move her to another facility. She has 2-8 weeks to live. Hospital staff has been unreceptive to our requests. How can we get grandma transferred to another facility?
posted by Ostara
on Oct 14, 2008 -
Breast Cancer took her mother from her 2 years ago (October 3rd, 2006)- what can I do for her anniversary? [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales
on Oct 1, 2008 -
What can I expect in terms of side effects for radiation treatment of brain cancer? [more inside]
posted by Atom12
on Sep 29, 2008 -
If you take 10,000 random 40 year old US citizens right now, how many of them will be dead from cancer 20 years from now? I don't care about risk factors - the people are just selected randomly. Is there any way to get this number? Thanks.
posted by crapples
on Aug 22, 2008 -
My girlfriend has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I'm looking for any mefites that have been through this. She starts chemo this week. [more inside]
posted by ambulance blues
on Aug 22, 2008 -
Eviction and future plans: My friend is 24, a recent college grad, lives in New York. Her father, mother and 3 young siblings live in a house (in Los Angeles) from which they are about to get evicted at the end of the month, having not paid rent for almost a year. Her father has terminal stomach cancer with a prognosis of 6 months. Her father is a disabled veteran and the family had been getting by on his veterans' pension. Her mother speaks, but does not write in English. My friend now finds herself in the position of figuring out how to handle this situation. For the hivemind: Are there programs, veterans' or otherwise, she should know about? General advice? We're at a loss for easy ideas.
posted by the jam
on Aug 14, 2008 -
Former competitive weightlifter (female, 55 yrs old) here, got super fit to elite status at 50 yrs old by professional trainer, diagnosed with incurable blood cancer and told to stop the really hard training, as it puts too much strain on the immune system. Want to start another program but ..... [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~
on Jul 31, 2008 -
Childhood A.L.L. Luekemia
My 2 year old niece was just diagnosed with this today and we are scouring the internet trying to find out all that we possibly can. She starts CHEMO tomorrow. Any personal experience or ideas of informative websites would be appreciated. Not generic websites but detailed and resourceful sites. [more inside]
posted by slowtree
on Jul 15, 2008 -
I need to stay on a quite impressive roll of having given up a long held vice. Could you all please assist in this effort? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by repoman
on Jul 11, 2008 -
How important is getting a PAP test for a twenty-some bi/lesbian? If it is important, how do you convince someone to get one when she a) had a bad experience in the past and b) thinks she doesn't need one because she is (mostly) gay? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman
on Jul 8, 2008 -
How much UV damage am I getting sitting in a classroom for 5 hours with a big window. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp
on Jun 26, 2008 -
I live with a roommate who smokes, but does so outside, in our balcony. While he never lights up indoors, I can often smell traces of his smoke when he comes indoors -- mainly on his body/clothes. Is this considered second-hand smoke and can it affect me? [more inside]
posted by bondgirl53001
on Jun 13, 2008 -
If we always hear, "They could've beaten his cancer if they'd only found it sooner," then why aren't we all getting screened for cancer long before the doctor orders the tests? What tests can I get now (MRI? CT?) to check for such things? I assume that money is the issue (isn't it always?), but if I'm willing to spend the cash, what do I need to do for me and for my family members?
posted by jackypaper
on May 13, 2008 -
My wife was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer, if anyone can share experiences, recommended reading material, or general advice we'd appreciate it.
posted by beowulf573
on May 5, 2008 -
A dear friend's mother is dying of lung cancer. It's Stage IV metastatic lung cancer that has spread to her brain, bones and lymph nodes. She very much wants her remains to be donated specifically for cancer research and we're having trouble finding out how to do that. [more inside]
posted by judith
on Apr 29, 2008 -
My dad is dying, but how do I know how quickly, and how do I know which "scares" I should travel across the country for? [more inside]
posted by bash
on Mar 26, 2008 -
DonateYourCarFilter: While there seem to be plenty of places that are willing to take your dead car as a donation, what if it's still got some life left to it? [more inside]
posted by chan.caro
on Mar 6, 2008 -
My ex-nanny of 5 years is a legal immigrant (not a citizen) who recently got cancer. She lives in Northern Virginia, in the DC suburbs. She is no longer able to work. In fact, she struggles to drink a glass of water without throwing it up due to agressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy she is undergoing. So for at least the next few months, and probably the next year at least, working is not an option for her. Since the cancer is in her face pressing against her optic nerve, she will almost certainly lose vision in one eye, and maybe both.
posted by phildog
on Feb 4, 2008 -
My kitty has a lump on the back of his leg.
About the size of my thumbnail and under the skin. By 'back of leg' I mean that ruffle of fur on the edge of his flank/rump/upper thigh... bit. Should I post a pic? -Ask :)
Anyway it's about in the middle of that section and slightly to the inside. It was quite firm but not hard and felt evenly textured (like a gummi bear? but more solid). He didn't even register when I stunbled upon it. It's not hot (infection) or 'ouchy' at all. I don't think it's hurting him. And I'm just about to investigate meticulously for more, but so far it's just that one.
OMG!! My furry little man has cancer! Quick wise people... do you think it is? Maybe it's not, and before I wave him about in some poor vets face (and get billed accordingly!!) it's probably a good idea to ask. It could be nothing, right?
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har
on Feb 2, 2008 -
I have a question about the cancer drug Sutent, and it's side effects, if anyone has any experience with it. [more inside]
posted by annieb
on Jan 21, 2008 -
A co-worker has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Treatments have stopped and Hospice is now involved.
He is 61 years old and has been working at the company for 40 years.
We are an engineering firm and most of the employees are kind of... well... not the type to try (self-start) and do something for our co-worker of his family.
I was wondering if there was anything I could do and/or have the office do to help, comfort, etc
Obviously sending 'get well' cards is out of the question.
... I just don't know what it is appropriate.
posted by KogeLiz
on Jan 21, 2008 -
A good friend just received a brain cancer diagnosis with an estimated one year survival time. She wants to talk about death and time. She thinks I have something to teach or tell her worth hearing. I'd like to be helpful, but have no confidence in my ability to say or do anything meaningful. What I've said so far she appreciates.
What can I read that might help me frame discussions. I don't need pop psychology stuff, or advice dealing with the health care system or funeral arrangements. I like the idea of Zen notions of letting go but am too ignorant to know what to say.
Advice, experience, suggestions for gathering information please.
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Jan 7, 2008 -
My father is several years on from surgery to remove a lymphoma in his neck (between his trachea and his esophagus I think). He has recovered wonderfully except for some scarring that has affected his voice (minor) and ability to eat much solid food. I want to help him find new ways to enjoy eating again. [more inside]
posted by jethrographic
on Jan 5, 2008 -
My very good friend was diagnosed with "Gastric Adenocarcinoma, Signet Ring Cell formation" yesterday - a really rare form of aggressive stomach cancer. What is going to happen? [more inside]
posted by uaudio
on Jan 4, 2008 -
My mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, which sucks in many, many ways, not the least of which is that it seems that it could have been caught by her mammogram two years ago, but wasn't, possibly because the technician ignored information in her chart. She is now being encouraged by others to sue for malpractice, considering that her cancer has now had two extra years to progress. I'm wondering if she actually has a case, and if so, how should she proceed. This is kind of a long story, so there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by odayoday
on Jan 3, 2008 -
How credible is The China Study
by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II? We would like opinions from individuals who have read the book, although opinions based on other factors are welcome so long as you mention it. [more inside]
posted by mjao
on Jan 2, 2008 -
I was diagnosed with cancer, treated and pwned it and am now job-hunting. With one-half inch of solid gray hair on my head. Should I suck it up and plop on a wig? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks
on Nov 28, 2007 -
I'm spending my Thanksgiving in Malaysia, visiting my one of my aunts, along with others in my extended family. I'm almost certain that this will be the last time I'll ever see her. [more inside]
posted by Weebot
on Nov 16, 2007 -
wit whim and whimsy filter: over the last 9-ish years or so... i have established a tradition of bringing a bag of maltesers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltesers to my darling friend every time we go to the movies. no idea how it started... but it's a tradition.
now she has cancer. it's terminal. it's pancreatic. and she can't have maltesers any more. [more inside]
posted by taff
on Nov 10, 2007 -
My friend's wife is recovering from breast cancer. They removed the tumor a couple weeks ago, and they found no sign that the cancer had spread to the lymph system. She's expected to make a full recovery. But in order to kill any remaining cancer cells, for the next 2 months she'll be undergoing chemotherapy, and then 1 month of radiation therapy afterwards. What can I do to make life easier and/or lift the spirits of her and her husband? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Oct 25, 2007 -
I thought I was doing an environmentally smart thing by switching our dryer vent to an indoor water filtered vent in the winter, but a friend claims the fumes may be harmful. Crap or not crap? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Oct 13, 2007 -
My 82 y.o. mother has stage 4 cancer. It's not known if it originated from lung or breast, both of which she was previously treated for. She's currently alert, but very weak, and on continuous oxygen. The decision to be made involves an apparent growth that's pressing her esophagus closed. [more inside]
posted by sgass
on Oct 2, 2007 -