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I want to BE MacGyver, not LOOK like him

I shaved my head last Thanksgiving during a bout of cancer (In remission now, though!). I'm slowly growing it back out again (chemo has retarded the actual growth), and I'd like to avoid the transitional mullet-phase. Any suggestions as to how to do this? [more inside]
posted by litterateur on Jun 5, 2009 - 9 answers

 

What is this very atypical brain tumor?

My mother's brain tumor was revealed at biopsy to be glioblastoma - yet its physical characteristics are completely different from the definition of glioblastoma. Has anyone else ever heard of this? What did it mean? [more inside]
posted by Betsy Vane on Jun 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Do cold cuts cause cancer?

I've seen several news articles (including this one) over the past few years highlighting studies that suggest a link between processed meats and cancer. Does the preponderance of scientific evidence suggest that people should stay away from foods like deli meats and hot dogs, even in moderation?
posted by zembla3 on May 28, 2009 - 14 answers

Can you help me find an explanation for the black spots on my mother-in-law's eyes as she neared death?

What might have caused black spots to form and grow on my mother-in-law's eyes as she was dying from pancreatic cancer and the inevitable infections that go along with cancer and its treatment? I'm hoping someone with a similar experience or someone in the medical field might be able to tell us something that the doctors here couldn't. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso on May 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Should I get a prosthetic testicle?

Should I get a prosthetic testicle? [more inside]
posted by chinese_fashion on May 11, 2009 - 44 answers

Does someone with a dying relative better understand what someone who has lost a relative is going through?

Does someone with a dying relative better understand what someone who has lost a relative is going through? Explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2009 - 12 answers

Alaskan Cruise Travel Tips?

Heading on an Alaskan cruise with my 2-year old son, my husband and my 64-year old mother who just finished chemo/radiation for lung cancer. Suggestions, tips, thoughts on making sure everyone enjoys the time? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Apr 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Help My Dad Read His Way to Cured

Cancer Filter - My dad has leukemia and wants an inspiring non-religious book or two about positive thinking - suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Apr 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Does the IRS Negotiate?

Taxfilter: Is it possible to negotiate with the IRS? [more inside]
posted by brigita on Apr 13, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I get a magazine to publish my article?

I want to write a story in a nationally syndicated magazine about a friend to draw attention to childhood cancer. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by monkeyman82 on Apr 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Cancer and Appetite

My father died from lung cancer a couple of years ago. But did he actually starve to death? And if so, why? [more inside]
posted by LastOfHisKind on Apr 5, 2009 - 10 answers

Lung Cancer Treatment

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 - 17 answers

Paying for cancer

I may have breast cancer. I do not have health insurance. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Could my kitty have cancer?

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 - 4 answers

Can I wait to have this lump checked out?

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 - 11 answers

Cancer + Avoidance = Trainwreck. Can you help clear the rails?

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 - 7 answers

The shame of cancer?

Why was cancer once considered a shameful disease? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Dec 31, 2008 - 40 answers

Continue chemo?

Should my grandmother continue chemotherapy? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Nov 27, 2008 - 10 answers

What DOESN'T cause cancer?

What is guaranteed NOT to cause cancer? [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Oct 17, 2008 - 25 answers

How can I get my grandma into a new hospital?

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? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Oct 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Her Mother died of Breast Cancer two years ago, what can I do?

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 - 11 answers

What superpowers can I look forward to?

What can I expect in terms of side effects for radiation treatment of brain cancer? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Sep 29, 2008 - 16 answers

Goldilocks: THIS breast is too lumpy... THIS breast is too pebbly...

How worried should I be? (You are not my doctor.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2008 - 14 answers

cancer risk in general population

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 - 8 answers

Lymphoma/Chemo stories and info?

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 - 12 answers

Friend's family being evicted; what are the options?

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 - 7 answers

Breast cancer - what now?

My wife has breast cancer. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2008 - 13 answers

Old Fart Wants to get Buff Again

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 - 5 answers

how can I cheer up my depressed mom?

How can I help my mother deal with anxiety and depression after going through cancer? [more inside]
posted by osloheart on Jul 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Info Sought on Childhood Leukemia

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 - 7 answers

Need some oral fixation!

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 - 38 answers

PAP test

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 - 40 answers

How should I say 'thanks!'?

How should I write thank-you letters for charitable donations? [more inside]
posted by JRGould on Jul 3, 2008 - 6 answers

The windows, they do nothing?

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 - 5 answers

How "second-hand" is second-hand smoke?

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 - 23 answers

Lung Nodule, What Does It Mean?

Paging all medicos - question about a lung nodule. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on May 28, 2008 - 6 answers

What tests are early "screens" for cancer?

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 - 16 answers

What do we need to know about thyroid cancer?

My wife was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer, if anyone can share experiences, recommended reading material, or general advice we'd appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 on May 5, 2008 - 13 answers

Donating body to cancer research

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 - 13 answers

During a potentially long-term illness, how do you know when you're supposed to drop what you're doing and go be with the sick person?

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 - 31 answers

Financial assistance for sudden health problems

Please help a friend's family with sudden health care issues [more inside]
posted by MarkLark on Mar 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Donating a car in the Bay Area

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 - 7 answers

Need financial advice for my nanny with cancer

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. [more inside]
posted by phildog on Feb 4, 2008 - 5 answers

He's neatly wedged under my laptop vent, having gleeful dreams while I worry...!

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 - 13 answers

The cancer drug Sutent, and side effects?

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 - 5 answers

Is there anything I(we) can do for a terminally-ill co-worker?

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. Any ideas? Thanks.
posted by KogeLiz on Jan 21, 2008 - 20 answers

It happened to this one lady one time

Theory: Cancerous skin cells from your lips, when aspirated, can give you lung cancer. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Jan 12, 2008 - 14 answers

Talking to the dying

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 - 65 answers

Help my dad enjoy eating again

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 - 10 answers

A very sad conversation.

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 - 8 answers

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