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]
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]
Breast Cancer took her mother from her 2 years ago (October 3rd, 2006)- what can I do for her anniversary? [more inside]
What can I expect in terms of side effects for radiation treatment of brain cancer? [more inside]
How worried should I be? (You are not my doctor.) [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
My wife has breast cancer. What do we need to know? [more inside]
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]
How can I help my mother deal with anxiety and depression after going through cancer? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How should I write thank-you letters for charitable donations? [more inside]
How much UV damage am I getting sitting in a classroom for 5 hours with a big window. [more inside]
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]
Paging all medicos - question about a lung nodule. [more inside]
If we always hear, "They could've beaten his cancer if they'd only found it sooner," then why aren't we all getting screened for cancer long before the doctor orders the tests? What tests can I get now (MRI? CT?) to check for such things? I assume that money is the issue (isn't it always?), but if I'm willing to spend the cash, what do I need to do for me and for my family members?
My wife was just diagnosed with thyroid cancer, if anyone can share experiences, recommended reading material, or general advice we'd appreciate it. [more inside]
A dear friend's mother is dying of lung cancer. It's Stage IV metastatic lung cancer that has spread to her brain, bones and lymph nodes. She very much wants her remains to be donated specifically for cancer research and we're having trouble finding out how to do that. [more inside]
During a potentially long-term illness, how do you know when you're supposed to drop what you're doing and go be with the sick person?
My dad is dying, but how do I know how quickly, and how do I know which "scares" I should travel across the country for? [more inside]
Please help a friend's family with sudden health care issues [more inside]
DonateYourCarFilter: While there seem to be plenty of places that are willing to take your dead car as a donation, what if it's still got some life left to it? [more inside]
My ex-nanny of 5 years is a legal immigrant (not a citizen) who recently got cancer. She lives in Northern Virginia, in the DC suburbs. She is no longer able to work. In fact, she struggles to drink a glass of water without throwing it up due to agressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy she is undergoing. So for at least the next few months, and probably the next year at least, working is not an option for her. Since the cancer is in her face pressing against her optic nerve, she will almost certainly lose vision in one eye, and maybe both. [more inside]
My kitty has a lump on the back of his leg. About the size of my thumbnail and under the skin. By 'back of leg' I mean that ruffle of fur on the edge of his flank/rump/upper thigh... bit. Should I post a pic? -Ask :) Anyway it's about in the middle of that section and slightly to the inside. It was quite firm but not hard and felt evenly textured (like a gummi bear? but more solid). He didn't even register when I stunbled upon it. It's not hot (infection) or 'ouchy' at all. I don't think it's hurting him. And I'm just about to investigate meticulously for more, but so far it's just that one. OMG!! My furry little man has cancer! Quick wise people... do you think it is? Maybe it's not, and before I wave him about in some poor vets face (and get billed accordingly!!) it's probably a good idea to ask. It could be nothing, right?
I have a question about the cancer drug Sutent, and it's side effects, if anyone has any experience with it. [more inside]
A co-worker has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Treatments have stopped and Hospice is now involved. He is 61 years old and has been working at the company for 40 years. We are an engineering firm and most of the employees are kind of... well... not the type to try (self-start) and do something for our co-worker of his family. I was wondering if there was anything I could do and/or have the office do to help, comfort, etc Obviously sending 'get well' cards is out of the question. ... I just don't know what it is appropriate. Any ideas? Thanks.
Theory: Cancerous skin cells from your lips, when aspirated, can give you lung cancer. [more inside]
A good friend just received a brain cancer diagnosis with an estimated one year survival time. She wants to talk about death and time. She thinks I have something to teach or tell her worth hearing. I'd like to be helpful, but have no confidence in my ability to say or do anything meaningful. What I've said so far she appreciates. What can I read that might help me frame discussions. I don't need pop psychology stuff, or advice dealing with the health care system or funeral arrangements. I like the idea of Zen notions of letting go but am too ignorant to know what to say. Advice, experience, suggestions for gathering information please.
My father is several years on from surgery to remove a lymphoma in his neck (between his trachea and his esophagus I think). He has recovered wonderfully except for some scarring that has affected his voice (minor) and ability to eat much solid food. I want to help him find new ways to enjoy eating again. [more inside]
My very good friend was diagnosed with "Gastric Adenocarcinoma, Signet Ring Cell formation" yesterday - a really rare form of aggressive stomach cancer. What is going to happen? [more inside]
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]
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]
Breast biopsy. What should we tell the kids? [more inside]
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]
Good gifts for a chemo patient? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]