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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 maƱana...

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

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

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