YANMD, but: I have some sort of reflux-ish disorder, probably either GERD or LPR. Had it for years. I'm also an avid beer drinker. Recently, I've been reading about the link between alcohol and head/neck cancers and it's freaking me out a little. Advice? [more inside]
I don't know what I can do to help my partner come to terms with his illness. [more inside]
My dear cousin is in Durango, Mexico and is recovering from breast cancer. She's had some standard treatment, but she has questions. [more inside]
Please help me sort out my feelings about my relationship with my boyfriend, my relationship with his cancer, and how the two might be interplaying. [more inside]
Someone I know, who has practically no savings and no home, has just been informed that his biopsy was diagnosed to be melanoma at an alarming stage. Could you please point me to any cancer/low-income/housing resources in Portland, OR? [more inside]
My boyfriend has just been diagnosed with cancer of the colon. I don’t really know what I want to ask here, except to ask for some reason to hope that he’ll be okay, and to ask for advice if he’s not. [more inside]
I've heard that consuming products that have been smoked can increase cancer risk. I've recently started to regularly drink several cups a day of Lapsang Souchong, a smoked tea. I am an ex-smoker so I am concerned that my risk for certain cancers is already elevated. I am having difficulty finding information on if there are any potential cancer risks from drinking this tea and if so, if they are significant enough that I should consider cutting back the amount I am drinking.
I need to get more fit. Part of it has to be done by controlling my intake. I've had success in the distant past with gum. But now I'm worried about the non-sugar sweeteners that most use - sorbitol and xylitol. Should I be? [more inside]
Colon Cancer scare in my family. My health insurance won't cover a colonoscopy because I'm too young and have no symptoms. Should I shell out the $1000 - $3000 this could cost me to get checked? Gratuitous YANMD. [more inside]
My mom found out that she has cancer. Things are looking okay, but she'll need to travel a few hours away for surgery, followed by a week off work. Over the next couple of months, she'll need daily radiation. The twist is, she started a new job within the past month and a half. How should she share this with her boss (or should she share it at all)? [more inside]
My brother has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, and is currently in the ICU. What we know is that he's not going to die tonight. He's got some life left in him. They're not sure about the precise form yet, that will take some time. But in the meantime, we have a problem: he's 31, recently unemployed, and uninsured. My family is far from being able to afford out of pocket health costs. And from all the doctors, drugs, machines he's been hooked up to in the past 10 hours, I know the bill is already creeping into the many tens of thousands of dollars. So my question to MeFites is: what are our options? How do we pay for this? We have very few assets, although I'm sure we'd sell the family home to keep my brother alive for a few more years. But apart from that, we've got nothing substantial. (I'm a graduate student, and my mother is a self-employed seamstress. My father is unemployed). Are there any gov't programs available? Can he go on Medicaid? Etc. I'm having trouble finding hard info on people in his particular situation (not a minor, not elderly, and diagnosed with cancer). Help!
My cat is sick. I have next to no money. Is there a really-truly-worth it pet insurance company you recommend? Or is there a place I can apply for financial assistance? [more inside]
1 - Is it a good idea to get pregnant when a close loved one is dying? 2 - If I decide to do it, how can I get my husband off the fence? [more inside]
Depression! But maybe it's hypothyroidism? Dr google tells me it might be cancer (ovarian or bowel) when I add in the other health changes I've had over the last year. Hope me? What do I ask? Who do I see? No insurance. Location and gmail inside. [more inside]
Drinking usually makes me blush, but I don't have any other symptoms of the alcohol flush reaction. Does the increased cancer risk apply to me? [more inside]
My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
Is there any actual, scientific, peer-reviewed truth to the supposed link between antiperspirants and cancer/Alzheimer's? [more inside]
Assuming that the radiation from cellphones is somewhat dangerous, will a product like a chip that absorbs EMR like this one (http://www.radiguard.com.au/the-solution.html) be useful? [more inside]
My wife's PAP just came back showing "atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance". We are both concerned, and I'm having a hard time finding any useful information about what this is likely to mean in terms of prognosis, treatment, etc... So far, everything I've found has been either too superficial to be helpful or too dense to understand. Can anyone point us to some fairly in-depth information that won't overwhelm us with medical-speak? At this point, we're both scared, and any information at all would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
My wife's grandmother has pancreatic cancer and is not getting treated. What can she (the grandmother) expect? [more inside]
Is there a definitive medical consensus on the risk of cancer from eating soybeans? [more inside]
I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
Health-care workers of MeFi: how do you act around doctors when you or a family member is receiving care? [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.
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]
I want to learn about cancer. Which discipline should I take courses in? [more inside]
What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus? [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]
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]
Cancer Filter - My dad has leukemia and wants an inspiring non-religious book or two about positive thinking - suggestions? [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 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]
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]
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 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]
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]
(Writing/Hypothetical Filter) Are there any poisons that (could) mimic the symptoms/effects of cancer if administered to a person over time? [more inside]
How do I maintain communication while dealing with HMO? [more inside]
Training / running in smog - should I even run? [more inside]
What types of food promote good health, and what are the supposed health benefits of consuming such foods/beverages? [more inside]
Powerlines outside my window: health risk? [more inside]