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]
[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]
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]
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]
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]
What is chemotherapy like for a dog? [more inside]
Is there an organization like Make-A-Wish that serves adult cancer patients? Or even adult cancer patients with kids? [more inside]
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]
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]
This is the seed that helps kill the tumor and give the patient a better life? [more inside]
What has your experience been with bone marrow transplants? [more inside]
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]
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.
Money/Pet: How do I reconcile being fiscally responsible vs. taking care of my dog's medical emergencies? [more inside]
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]
I want to learn about cancer. Which discipline should I take courses in? [more inside]
Astrology filter: How do I conduct business with a Cancer? [more inside]
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]
Need ideas for comforting / useful items to give a person undergoing intense chemotherapy (x2). [more inside]
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]