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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

No womb, no cancer, big problem

My mother does not have cancer, but the doctor thought she did and took out pretty much everything that made her a woman and is pleased with his work. She is devastated. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2009 - 54 answers

What happens if we don't give our dog chemo?

My dog has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. For various reasons, my husband and I are probably not going to do the chemo and radiation treatments outlined by the oncologist. If you have made a similar choice with your pet, can you tell me what happened? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Aug 6, 2009 - 17 answers

What kind of a headache can't be treated by morphine?!

[CancerFilter] Fighting leukemia is bad enough, so WTF with this headache?! [more inside]
posted by buzzkillington on Jul 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Congratulations! You're a survivor! I'm sorry. You had cancer.

What does one say to a cancer survivor when they tell you that they're a cancer survivor? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer on Jul 23, 2009 - 35 answers

How to request/get a referral to another doctor?

How does getting a medical referral/requesting a medical referral REALLY work and how do you ask for one effectively? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jul 19, 2009 - 4 answers

This always happens to someone else...

Ten days ago, my sister-in-law (in her 40s) was diagnosed with an incurable brain cancer. Her prognosis since the surgery has improved quite a bit from the grim TTL given after the initial MRI, but there is no chance of remission. Since then, her husband has gone from shock to game-face, but in less than 2 weeks, managing her illness, 2 kids (one of which is 9 mos old) has really begun to take its toll on him. For those who have been through this kind of situation, what affirming advice and/or strategies can you offer *him* to realistically weather the challenges yet to come, near, mid and long-term?
posted by Fupped Duck on Jul 14, 2009 - 16 answers

The uniboob lens

Breast Cancer Media Filter: Looking for (funny/wry/witty/absurdist pov) books, docs, movies. One-woman shows/theatre? Performance art? Installations? Photo essays? [more inside]
posted by Mrs Hilksom on Jul 9, 2009 - 14 answers

Flush in the face = Give up the bottle?

A somewhat recent NY Times article explains the connection between ALDH2 deficiency and throat cancer. Request for perspective on level of risk and appropriate response in extended. [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Cancer treatment centers versus traditional outpatient care?

Does anyone have experience with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (their TV commercials are on all over) versus traditional outpatient care with a team of doctors? Plus, additional questions regarding being a caretaker from a distance. Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Jun 7, 2009 - 10 answers

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

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