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]
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]
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]
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]
Is there a definitive medical consensus on the risk of cancer from eating soybeans? [more inside]
Are there any known cases of someone catching lung cancer from a relative? [more inside]
I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
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]
Health-care workers of MeFi: how do you act around doctors when you or a family member is receiving care? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a generic cancer screening? [more inside]
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]
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]
What to give someone for their last birthday? [more inside]
Dad with metastaic cancer stage four, pain-free for now. The way forward? [more inside]
A relative was just diagnosed with lung cancer. How can I be supportive? [more inside]
What are some good tips for liver health for a cancer patient [more inside]
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?
Adopted cat, age quoted was 2, vet says 12, and he has cancer. What to do? [more inside]
It's my sister vs. leukemia, and leukemia, it seems, may win. Muddled questions from a muddled brain inside. [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
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]
What are your experiences with terminal metastatic melanoma? [more inside]
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]
How to prepare a 4.5 year old for his grand father's passing? [more inside]
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]
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.
My 10 year old cat has a hard, unmovable tumor on his breast bone. I am unsure where to go from here. [more inside]
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]
I just found out my mom has breast cancer. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
What recipes compatible with procarbazine do you recommend?
What kind of cancer should I give my character? [more inside]
How much money is wasted on duplicate AIDS and cancer research and how do scientists avoid such duplication? [more inside]
Is there anything I can do to offset the side effects of beta blockers? [more inside]
How do I go about appropriately and respectfully helping my friend with cancer? [more inside]
What evidence is there, of any sort from any time, which links vaccines, either human or animal, to cancer? [more inside]
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]