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    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    From my experience working for ICU in Canada they will have her on a fasttrack queue to get her in as soon as possible. I suspect they have to wait for a cancellation or for further OR resources to be available to confirm a surgery for her. I would hope it would be a short delay, given the seriousness of pancreatic cancer.

    Also make sure that you're an advocate for your mom. Call the relevant department as much as you can to make sure that she isn't somehow missed if a space opens up.
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    Sorry to hear about your mother. Both my parents had cancer. Hope she gets in for that needed surgery sooner rather than later.

    I fully know the toll it takes on you/family emotionally.
    Much obliged, friends. I'm pretty optimistic. Good thing is they found it pretty early. Yeah, I hate how the Canadian system has lots of waiting...but (as KS said), I'll try and keep on top of the scheduling for her.

    Thankfully, she has my dad as support too...and he's trying to stay on top of it. He has cancer too(!)...prostate...it's never going to completely go away cuz they found it pretty late, but he's getting treatment...and it's in remission at the moment and he's still been able to teach...he teaches economics at the University of Toronto.

    My problems are not unique...I've noticed so many having a lot of these same issues. Getting older is just about problem after problem piling up. Life can be good...but as we get older, we just have to be prepared for the shit sandwiches that can be served... As long as we keep our heads above water and try to deal with everything one at a time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikk View Post
    Much obliged, friends. I'm pretty optimistic. Good thing is they found it pretty early. Yeah, I hate how the Canadian system has lots of waiting...but (as KS said), I'll try and keep on top of the scheduling for her.

    Thankfully, she has my dad as support too...and he's trying to stay on top of it. He has cancer too(!)...prostate...it's never going to completely go away cuz they found it pretty late, but he's getting treatment...and it's in remission at the moment and he's still been able to teach...he teaches economics at the University of Toronto.

    My problems are not unique...I've noticed so many having a lot of these same issues. Getting older is just about problem after problem piling up. Life can be good...but as we get older, we just have to be prepared for the shit sandwiches that can be served... As long as we keep our heads above water and try to deal with everything one at a time...
    I hope your Mother is cancer free soon.

    My Dad's good friend had stage 4 lung cancer around a decade ago. He survived it and is doing well now.

    My Aunt also survived cancer and is doing well.

    So there are some great doctors in Ontario.
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    Concerns about 'structural racism' prompt major Mass. hospital network to change policies about babies born addicted to drugs

    A major hospital network in Massachusetts has now revamped its policies regarding babies born addicted to drugs in an attempt to address "significant racial and ethnic inequities" it claims are associated with substance abuse disorder.

    On Tuesday, Mass General Brigham, the commonwealth's largest hospital group, announced that it will no longer automatically report that an infant has been born with drug addiction since the automatic reporting and other such policies "disproportionately affect Black individuals."

    Current commonwealth law demands mandatory reporting of all infants with "physical dependence upon an addictive drug at birth." However, the hospitals affiliated with Mass General Brigham — including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Salem Hospital — will now encourage reporting such cases to child protective services only if the babies are "suffering or at imminent risk of suffering physical or emotional injury."

    Another policy change at Mass General Brigham means that medical professionals will now conduct toxicology tests on newborns and/or "pregnant people" — sometimes referred to as women — only under two conditions. First, hospital workers must be given written consent to perform the tests. Second, they will perform the tests only if the results will affect the medical treatment the mother and/or child receives.

    These new policies are part of Mass General Brigham's larger "United Against Racism effort" to fix policies that "may unwittingly perpetuate structural racism."

    "Our new perinatal testing and reporting policy is the latest step in our efforts to address longstanding inequities in substance use disorder care and to provide compassionate, evidence-based support to families, while addressing substance use disorder as a treatable health condition," said Sarah Wakeman, M.D., senior medical director for Substance Use Disorder at Mass General Brigham.

    Wakeman claimed that some women may stop seeking treatment for addiction if they believe they may lose custody of their children after birth. She also claimed that substance abuse alone does not mean that pregnant women will abuse or neglect their children after they're born.

    Mass General Brigham is not the only medical organization that wants fewer babies born addicted to drugs to be taken away from drug-addicted mothers. It is following in the footsteps of Boston Medical Center as well as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, which have all taken a similar approach regarding drug-addicted babies.

    "This policy reflects an emerging consensus, based on sound science, that is being embraced by our peer institutions and was developed in coordination with a wide range of partners," Wakeman asserted.

    Allison Bryant, M.D., MPH, associate chief health equity officer at Mass General Brigham, claimed that this new policy will help those in the medical industry "turn our lens inward to understand our own contributions to stigma and inequity and strive to fix them."

    Wakeman agreed. "It takes a multi-pronged approach to eliminate racial inequities and drop barriers to treatment," she said.



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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeRose View Post
    I hope your Mother is cancer free soon.

    My Dad's good friend had stage 4 lung cancer around a decade ago. He survived it and is doing well now.

    My Aunt also survived cancer and is doing well.

    So there are some great doctors in Ontario.
    Thanks, buddy. Really glad about the survival stories you listed. Stuff like that makes me feel good (and not just to do with how it relates to my mom's prospects).

    It sure seems like cancer is a little less the death sentence in so many cases than it used to be as technology and the science of health care seems to improve, doesn't it?

    And you're right: there are certainly some absolutely excellent doctors (and surgeons) in Ontario!
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    Florida removes 1.4 million off Medicaid program. Florida is the state who won't insure anything. With Obamacare why do we still need Medicaid ?


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    I really don't know the answer, because Medicare and Medicaid suck, and we spend a shitpot of money on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rikk View Post
    My mom was just diagnosed a few weeks ago with pancreatic cancer. It's really knocked my family on our asses emotionally.

    The thing is, my folks live in Canada (I live in Chicago but I grew up outside Toronto).

    The good news is: they found her pancreatic cancer by accident...looking for something else and they just stumbled upon it. Her prognosis is pretty good. They found it relatively early. (Pancreatic cancer is one of the worst to get...but it's not always a death sentence.)

    They're going to remove the tumor on her pancreas, which is (thankfully) only in one section and not all over her pancreas. Also (our fingers are crossed), doctors are 90% sure it has not spread anywhere else. But...after the surgery, they're going to give her chemo (I guess as a sort of back-up attack...making sure cancer cells are not allowed to develop elsewhere in her body).

    BUT...I know both the American and the Canadian systems. Both systems are fucked. Yes, it'll be great that my parents (living in Canada) won't be spending six-figure numbers to get her through this. BUT at the same time, it being Canada, they should have already done the surgery by this point. But...instead she has to wait (hopefully, they'll do the surgery before the month is out).

    I hate both systems, frankly.
    I’m 44 and they found prostate cancer in me by accident as well. They caught it super early so I am doing quite well. But as a whole, the whole ordeal showed cracks in our healthcare system to me. By that I mean the amount of doctors and surgeons I had to see just to get the ball rolling. Not to mention the money involved in it. Luckily, I’m free of it for now but as with any cancer it could come back. I have to get checked once a year and I always have that fear in the back of my mind that this could be the thing that kills me. But I just try and stay in the now.

    Sorry to hear about your mom bro. Pancreatic cancer isn’t the death sentence it was 10 years ago. And I hope and pray that she makes a speedy and full recovery.

    I’ll ask the big man to look out for you and yours.


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    Fudd my father died of prostate cancer and I have kidney cancer just up the urethra. My urologist told me to take a supplement called prostate 2.4 by Theralogix. It's formulated by urologists. It's not cheap. Ask your urologist or eat lots of tomato paste because lycopene is the key ingredient.

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