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]
What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus? [more inside]
In cancer treatment, how much does delaying chemo by a couple of weeks exacerbate recurrance risk? [more inside]
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]
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]
I lied about having cancer to my boss. Now what? [more inside]
My mother is dying. How can I forgive myself for the guilt of leaving her bedside? [more inside]
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]
Cervical cancer filter: seeking blogs and online resources. [more inside]
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]
How do I write a thank-you card to a sister-in-law who is dying? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
[CancerFilter] Fighting leukemia is bad enough, so WTF with this headache?! [more inside]
What does one say to a cancer survivor when they tell you that they're a cancer survivor? [more inside]
How does getting a medical referral/requesting a medical referral REALLY work and how do you ask for one effectively? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
Should I get a prosthetic testicle? [more inside]
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]
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]
Cancer Filter - My dad has leukemia and wants an inspiring non-religious book or two about positive thinking - suggestions? [more inside]
Taxfilter: Is it possible to negotiate with the IRS? [more inside]
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]
My father died from lung cancer a couple of years ago. But did he actually starve to death? And if so, why? [more inside]
My mother has stage IV, metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer. Any advice on my challenging the terribly poor standard of care? [more inside]
I may have breast cancer. I do not have health insurance. What now? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Why was cancer once considered a shameful disease? [more inside]
Should my grandmother continue chemotherapy? [more inside]
What is guaranteed NOT to cause cancer? [more inside]