Talk:Leukemia

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Former good article nominee Leukemia was a Natural sciences good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Are leukemia's tumors?[edit]

This ref says yes [1]. This ref supports the naming of the group as a whole [2]. This dictionary also supports "liquid tumor" [3] as does this textbook [4] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 07:06, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

While tumor was historically used to mean any mass now it is used to mean any neoplasm by the World Health Organization. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 07:10, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
"Tumor" means something close to "lump". When an agency decides to redefine the term so that it's unrecognizable, then using the "official" term instead of the intelligible one is just going to confuse the readers. I don't want people to read the first paragraph of the lead (which is all that many read) and come away with the impression that leukemia involves lumps, and that's a very real risk with using the new "official" terminology in this particular case. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:16, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
Okay we can use neoplasm instead. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 20:26, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

Just happened to see this... Fwiw, when the WHO periodically goes about revising its leukemia classification to incorporate recently acquired knowledge, I don't think questions about how the word "tumor" is employed even show up at all on the radar. And I think that sort of 'update' need not worry us either. Agree that, in general, our priorities should be to choose term/s that are a) correct, and b) as plain as possible to our general readership. 109.157.86.177 (talk) 19:15, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

No 'Management' Section[edit]

Hi, I am with the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) at Mount Sinai in New York. I feel a section that briefly details the importance of palliative care in leukemia management should be added. However, it seems there is no 'Management' section. The only relevent section is titled 'treatment' and focuses solely on disease types. Most cancer-related articles include a 'Management' section. Perhaps one could be added for Leukemia as well. Thanks Mmersenne (talk) 13:22, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, good idea. Wiki CRUK John (talk) 14:07, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
"Management" and "Treatment" sections are the same thing. The difference is mostly about whether we are talking about chronic or acute diseases (diabetes mellitus gets "managed"; strep throat gets "treated"). I've been thinking about seriously shortening that section, to remove the detail and focus more explicitly on the variety. So, for example, we could say that treating ALL in babies might involve as little as a single round of drugs, but that in adults, it could involve more than a year of drugs and radiation; that some (like AML) get treated immediately and that others (CLL) might not require treatment at the time of diagnosis; that some use bone marrow transplants regularly, and others use it rarely or never. It would be much easier to add information about palliative care into a section structured this way. What do you think? WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:13, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Environmental Triggers based on New Evidence[edit]

The following studies need to be incorporated into the article so people can be made aware of environmental triggers that can augment any genetic risks for leukemia.

Glyphosate Exposure -

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Glyphosate_and_Cancer.php

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1253709/