My mom is starting chemo. Her cancer has already made her VERY sick. She will have IV chemo starting Wednesday and each time will take about 7 hours. What should I consider packing for us?
I am looking for ideas to support and comfort him. It's stage IV prostate cancer, which will give him several more years, at least with treatment. [more inside]
For years I had strong fingernails I kept polished all the time, with no ill effects. Then I got cancer, and had chemo. It's been a year since my last treatment but my nails are still really weak, breaking frequently and peeling at the ends. What's the best strategy for getting these suckers to heal? [more inside]
The hair and I are parting ways. It’s freaking cold outside. The chemo will probably go on through spring-early summer, so I'll need some lighter stuff as well. I’d like to try and hide the hair loss as long as possible, if that is possible. I have looked at a lot of hats online already, but would like some recommendations as to what worked best for you. [more inside]
I'm asking this for a friend who was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. She's getting monthly chemo starting next week for 4 months. Following that will be radiation for 6 weeks and then Tamoxifen. She has an 18-month-old son born 3 months premature who cannot stay in daycare (he's immuno-compromised and has short gut syndrome, so the pediatrician has ruled it unsafe until he's at least 3 years old). We are looking for resources to help with child care during her treatment and recovery. [more inside]
I have a friend who's going through a really tough chemotherapy regimen and can't leave the house much, so she's bored to tears. I'm collecting some light entertainment to send her over the next few months, both for at home and for the hours of chemo. [more inside]
I'll be accompanying my mother-in-law to her first chemo appointment tomorrow. What can I bring her to make the experience as comfortable as possible for her? [more inside]
My mother has another recurrence of the triple-negative breast cancer she's been dealing with for the last 5 years. In looking at the PET scans from the latest rounds of biopsying and testing, I have questions and I am not sure where to turn. [more inside]
I am grinding my teeth at night and they are breaking. I have no income, benefits, insurance or money. I need help quite quickly. [more inside]
My situation. About 2/3 months ago I happily said goodbye to a massive tumor I had apparently been gestating in my intestine. I am receiving FOLFOX chemotherapy. The primary thing that is keeping me functioning, working and being a parent is marijuana. Which I have to buy on the street to the tune of about 800 bucks a month. I have spoken to my oncologist. I have spoken to my pain management team. No one will help me get what I need: a prescription/license for pot and sufficient financial help or program to be able to afford it. Where in Ottawa can I be connected to a network or physician who can help me? And I mean now. I need someone to carry the water for me because I am somewhat shattered. [more inside]
I think I have the flu--or to be more precise, I think I am fighting the flu. But as usually happens, rather than straightforwardly getting sick and then getting better, I seem stuck in the early stage of not having terribly severe symptoms (congestion etc) but being exhausted, achy, and running a very low-grade fever on and off. This may go on for two weeks or longer. I rarely get "sick". Given that people are most contagious in the early days of flu infection, same with colds if that what it is, does this mean that I am infectious for longer than most people? And based on your opinion on that, is it (a) a good idea for me to go to hatha yoga, (b) where there's an immuno-compromised (person who is doing or has recently completed chemo) person in my class?
Food recommendations, recipes, anecdotes and other suggestions for friends with a long illnesse? [more inside]
We have a couple days with my parents over the holidays. Mom is in chemo. Dad is caring for her. What are foods we can make and freeze that will tempt her appetite, tempt Dad's appetite, and give him a bit of a break from cooking and cleaning up? We suspect those are different foods in some cases. [more inside]
What is chemotherapy like for a young man with melanoma? Can anyone direct me to a good primer, fiction or nonfiction, on what it's like to have this kind of cancer? [more inside]
Household tips for the immunocompromised? [more inside]
Overactive bladder/kidneys as a long-term effect of chemotherapy? [more inside]
What questions do I need to ask the doctor to help my mother make an informed decision about chemotherapy?
What questions do I need to ask the doctor to help my mother make an informed decision about chemotherapy? [more inside]
Need ideas for comforting / useful items to give a person undergoing intense chemotherapy (x2). [more inside]
In cancer treatment, how much does delaying chemo by a couple of weeks exacerbate recurrance risk? [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]
Experienced knitter seeks tried and true hat pattern to be made with wool and love. [more inside]
I need gift ideas for the fabulous nurses and staff at a chemotherapy center. [more inside]
Good gifts for a chemo patient? [more inside]