Talk:Leukemia

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Survival[edit]

Even when a complete cure is unlikely, most people with a chronic leukemia and many people with an acute leukemia can be successfully treated for years.

We don't usually spam citations into the lead of an article, but since someone is interested in the question, the answer is that survival depends on the particular type of leukemia. The range runs approximately from things like the acute-subtype of acute T-cell leukemia or T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (just months) to things like hairy cell leukemia or CML on Gleevec, which have essentially normal lifespan. Among children with the most common type (ALL), about 90% reach the five-year survival mark, and most of those are permanently cured. WhatamIdoing (talk) 16:35, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

I think this article should be semi-protected as I believe it may be subject to minor vandalism due to the subject of the article and that edits may confuse those who read it, hope you agree (User:AH999) 20:18, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

I think you're looking for WP:RPP (requests for page protection, I think I got the shortcut right) :) It's a Fox! (What did I break) 20:39, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

New bullet point under Treatment - Acute lymphoblastic[edit]

Hi,

This is the first time I have done this so apologies if I haven't followed the right process. I came across some new treatment information for ALL and think it should be added as a bullet point:

• The minimal residual disease (MRD) test to identify the intensity of treatment needed for children. The test is given to all children diagnosed with ALL under the NHS as part of their treatment. The test is able to predict how well children with ALL are likely to respond to treatment by detecting leukaemia cells in the blood to an accuracy of 1 in 10,000 cells. The MRD test enables doctors to decrease or increase the intensity of the treatment according to each child’s needs.

My source is : http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/research/achievements/improving-outlook-children

Are people happy for me to make this change? Do you have any advice or feedback on this? JNevil (talk) 11:55, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

You need to summary it in your own words. Also would recommended a better quality secondary source per WP:MEDRS. Pubmed can be useful to help find review articles from the last 5 years. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 10:16, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

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)