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Should my mom sue?

My mom was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, which sucks in many, many ways, not the least of which is that it seems that it could have been caught by her mammogram two years ago, but wasn't, possibly because the technician ignored information in her chart. She is now being encouraged by others to sue for malpractice, considering that her cancer has now had two extra years to progress. I'm wondering if she actually has a case, and if so, how should she proceed. This is kind of a long story, so there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jan 3, 2008 - 23 answers


How credible is The China Study?

How credible is The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II? We would like opinions from individuals who have read the book, although opinions based on other factors are welcome so long as you mention it. [more inside]
posted by mjao on Jan 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Breast biopsy - what to tell the kids?

Breast biopsy. What should we tell the kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2007 - 21 answers

To wig out or not to wig out?

I was diagnosed with cancer, treated and pwned it and am now job-hunting. With one-half inch of solid gray hair on my head. Should I suck it up and plop on a wig? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Nov 28, 2007 - 33 answers

good gifts for a chemo patient?

Good gifts for a chemo patient? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Nov 21, 2007 - 20 answers

Dying has a way of making family gatherings kind of awkward

I'm spending my Thanksgiving in Malaysia, visiting my one of my aunts, along with others in my extended family. I'm almost certain that this will be the last time I'll ever see her. [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Nov 16, 2007 - 7 answers

how do i do maltesers without doing maltesers?

wit whim and whimsy filter: over the last 9-ish years or so... i have established a tradition of bringing a bag of maltesers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltesers to my darling friend every time we go to the movies. no idea how it started... but it's a tradition. now she has cancer. it's terminal. it's pancreatic. and she can't have maltesers any more. [more inside]
posted by taff on Nov 10, 2007 - 22 answers

How can I help a friend who will be undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for the next few months?

My friend's wife is recovering from breast cancer. They removed the tumor a couple weeks ago, and they found no sign that the cancer had spread to the lymph system. She's expected to make a full recovery. But in order to kill any remaining cancer cells, for the next 2 months she'll be undergoing chemotherapy, and then 1 month of radiation therapy afterwards. What can I do to make life easier and/or lift the spirits of her and her husband? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Oct 25, 2007 - 28 answers

Et tu, Maytag?

I thought I was doing an environmentally smart thing by switching our dryer vent to an indoor water filtered vent in the winter, but a friend claims the fumes may be harmful. Crap or not crap? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Oct 13, 2007 - 24 answers

Quality of life vs. quantity

My 82 y.o. mother has stage 4 cancer. It's not known if it originated from lung or breast, both of which she was previously treated for. She's currently alert, but very weak, and on continuous oxygen. The decision to be made involves an apparent growth that's pressing her esophagus closed. [more inside]
posted by sgass on Oct 2, 2007 - 6 answers

Appropriate gifts to include in a care package for a homebound friend?

Please help me distract, amuse, and pamper my sick friend. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Aug 30, 2007 - 19 answers

Client with cancer?

A relatively new client sent out a mass email this morning detailing the results of his recent biopsy, which came back positive for cancer. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Aug 17, 2007 - 26 answers

Help me deal with my mom's demands, in light of her possible medical situation.

My mom says she has cancer. I don't buy it. [more inside]
posted by dkleinst on Aug 7, 2007 - 45 answers

What is mid-grade cancer?

What is mid-grade cancer? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman on Jul 23, 2007 - 4 answers

How to help a friend whose parent was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer?

My friend's mother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer yesterday. I'm feeling helpless and frustrated--what can I do besides send flowers? Anything? [more inside]
posted by leesh on Jul 12, 2007 - 23 answers

% chance of losing a family member

My mom 50, and two sisters 23 and 17, started smoking cigarettes all together a few years ago. If none of them ever quit, what are the statistical chances of one of them dying from the habit? I'm assuming it gets closer and closer to 100% the longer it continues, any idea on how to calculate this?
posted by parallax7d on Jul 5, 2007 - 24 answers

My dad needs help managing his cancer!

Dad has rectal cancer. How can we negotiate contradictory advice from his physicians? [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on Jul 2, 2007 - 10 answers

What's up with this lump in my neck?

I recently noticed what appears to be a slightly swollen (pea-sized) lymph node on the left side of my neck, about halfway up the neck. I first noticed it about 5 days ago. I can feel another node next to it, but on the right side of my neck, I can feel only one node in the same place. I don't have any other symptoms that might suggest lymphoma (itching, fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss). The swollen node does not feel hard or fixed, and it hasn't changed size. Is there cause for concern? I do have a blemish that I've sort of been picking at on the left side of my neck, so could that be the cause of the swollen node? I guess it's possible that this node has always been there but I haven't noticed it before. I do have hypochondriac tendencies. I'm 26 and had mono about four years ago.
posted by zembla3 on Jun 28, 2007 - 23 answers


How can I avoid both thyroid cancer and the medical-industrial complex? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 31, 2007 - 17 answers

Premature menopause/oophorectomy

Anyone out there been through premature menopause? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on May 7, 2007 - 7 answers

How will his liver cancer end...?

My grandfather has been diagnosed with a liver/pancreatic cancer that can't be operated on. How is this likely to play out? How do we deal with my grandmother afterwards? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Apr 10, 2007 - 17 answers

tastes like.......

A 70 year old friend has just started chemo for third time in two years. The side effect which really gets him is that for the first week / 10 days everything has a really horrible metallic taste. [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Apr 1, 2007 - 13 answers

finding a doctor.

i'm 31. i recently got medical insurance for the first time in 13 years. i am exhibiting some symptoms of stomach cancer and would like to get it checked out. how do i find a good doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2007 - 12 answers

It wasn't "just a headache."

My husband's stepdad just got a tumor removed from his brain yesterday. It was malignant. [more inside]
posted by konolia on Mar 22, 2007 - 17 answers

moms rule

my mother was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. do any of you have ideas for little things i can do for her to remind her how awesome she is? girls especially. what are some of the best, most thoughtful things loved ones have done for you? [more inside]
posted by andywolf on Mar 19, 2007 - 27 answers

Suggestions for online grief support

Can anyone personally recommend a support site and/or community specifically for people grieving from cancer, brain cancer if possible? [more inside]
posted by jrossi4r on Feb 13, 2007 - 9 answers

Dying from cancer...

My friend is dying of cancer. It's just a matter of time before she goes since she has stopped receiving treament. She is bedridden, can't see and is too weak to talk but she can still hear. What can I do for her on our visits to help her get through the day? Are there massage services out there (NYC)? Should I read her a book - what's a good title? Should I ask her family if they will allow me to play some CDs for her - any suggestions? Your input is greatly appreciated.
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2007 - 28 answers

Music to feel better to

Mix CD time - Songs for a dear friend that has to go get biopsied tomorrow.... [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Dec 4, 2006 - 21 answers

All about my mother.

What can I do to help cheer up my mum who's stuck in a funk? [more inside]
posted by liquorice on Nov 29, 2006 - 17 answers

Wrought with Worry

FullPanicModeFilter: Have you every had a biopsy, or a surgically removed tumor that was benign and the doctor wanted to see you sooner than your previously scheduled appointment? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA on Nov 28, 2006 - 16 answers

Gambling on health?

I haven't been to a doctor in ages. Would going under my current insurance plan be a gamble? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Nov 15, 2006 - 8 answers

Quietly, quietly... poison?

(Writing/Hypothetical Filter) Are there any poisons that (could) mimic the symptoms/effects of cancer if administered to a person over time? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Oct 25, 2006 - 15 answers

SK-II - is it safe?

I just recently purchased some SK-II cosmetics for my mom for her birthday but recent stories in Chinese newspapers indicate that the products may contain traces of chromium and neodymium which are known to cause cancer. Is this just fear-mongering by a competitor brand with backing by the Chinese government or should I be bringing the product back to where I bought it and asking for a refund?
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Sep 25, 2006 - 3 answers

Post-surgery meals recovering from colon cancer surgery

My mom was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, and is scheduled for a lower anterior resection of her colon next week. Help me plan meals for the first week post-surgery! [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Sep 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me help my friend through her dad's death.

My friend's father just died after a very short battle with cancer. My friend's sometimes a little unstable. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan on Sep 4, 2006 - 15 answers

Casper or George?

Are there *any* parts of the body that can be safely tanned without really having to worry about skin cancer? [more inside]
posted by BruceL on Aug 6, 2006 - 12 answers

Clinical Trial Inside Gouge??

Clinical Trial Filter: My stepfather was diagnosed with colon cancer today. [more inside]
posted by matty on Jul 18, 2006 - 7 answers

Sometimes it's good to be wrong.

Symptoms of skin cancer, in more detail. How fast does it develop? How worried should I be? Just from checking health websites I'm starting to panic and the only dermatologists I can get ahold of don't have any appointments open until late August. I have no primary care physician so checking it with them is out. My symptoms are inside. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jul 17, 2006 - 32 answers

Don't let distance become a barrier to the love of my grandfather

My seventy-seven year old grandfather, maker of pierogies and violins, will have his bladder removed this Friday to help stop the spread of cancer. What can I do to keep him positive? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Jul 5, 2006 - 15 answers

How to determine health risks of living at a particular address

How can I tell how dangerous pollution in a specific area is to my health? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Jun 22, 2006 - 5 answers

HMO no wanna talky.

How do I maintain communication while dealing with HMO? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jun 20, 2006 - 7 answers

Help me ease the suffering of a family member with cancer.

OncologyFilter: An immediate family member has colorectal cancer. I need advice and recommendations in several areas. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 19, 2006 - 14 answers

Is a 27-year old too to receive the world's first cancer vaccine?

Is a 27-year old too to receive the world's first cancer vaccine? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Jun 8, 2006 - 14 answers

darwin's tumor

Ive read that cancer can be pretty clever - securing nutrition by releasing hormones which cause the creation of blood vessels, employing various methods of fooling our immune system etc. All these seem (at least to my layman's mind) to be pretty specialized eh... 'behaviors' i guess is the word. My question is, how would they evolve? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on May 18, 2006 - 22 answers

What is "undifferentiated carcinoma"?

What is "undifferentiated carcinoma"? Data on survivability? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on May 8, 2006 - 11 answers

Cancer burping question - ovarian lung liver brain cancer

Why do people with cancer burp constantly. My mother, who died of cancer (ovarian) and my brother, who I am currently taking care of (lung, liver and now brain cancer) , both burped almost non-stop after eating and during episodes of nausea and extreme pain or discomfort. Just curious. I don't want to ask this in front of my brother at his doctors appointment. Thank you in advance...
posted by orlin on Apr 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Training / running in smog - should I even run?

Training / running in smog - should I even run? [more inside]
posted by arrowhead on Mar 29, 2006 - 8 answers

What foods help fight disease and make for an overall healthier person?

What types of food promote good health, and what are the supposed health benefits of consuming such foods/beverages? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe on Mar 26, 2006 - 23 answers

What's going on with my thyroid?

I am asking this question for Kickstart70: "A couple weeks ago, over the course of a day, the left side of my thyroid gland swelled to a visible lump on my neck (ie. it wasn't swelled in the morning when I shaved, but was in the evening). [more inside]
posted by amro on Mar 7, 2006 - 15 answers

When illness impacts relationship choices

Seeking perspectives on a difficult situation regarding dating/relationships and serious illness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2006 - 16 answers

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