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About the image[edit]

Someone tried to remove the image of Elizabeth Taylor because they thought it was purely decorative. I added it after reading Wikipedia:What is a featured list?. That guideline recommends an appropriate image. The images at featured lists List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions and List of spacewalks and moonwalks served as models here.

I sought a image under GNU license, preferably of a long term survivor. Elizabeth Taylor met these rquirements and had the advantage of worldwide recognition. Other possibilities might have been unfamiliar outside a particular professional field or geographic area. I believe the caption explains Elizabeth Taylor's factual relevance. Durova 19:42, 11 January 2006 (UTC)

Article title[edit]

In the wikipedia article naming conventions, the rule about list articles specifically says not to include the words "notable", "prominent", etc., In this respect wikipedia has a single rule: if a person has a wikipedia article, he is notable (or vice versa). While the "definition" of the list reasonably includes the criterion of notability, as I see it, the article title should be List of persons with brain tumor ("patient" is a wrong term as well. Some notable cases were diagnosed BT only posthumously). Mukadderat 22:38, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

Can you name any person on this list who was diagnosed posthumously? Durova 22:33, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
Also, I've been unable to find the article you mention. Please provide a link. Regards, Durova 22:37, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

The issue re: naming of this article has been discussed on Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of people with epilepsy. Some suggestions have been proposed:

Other suggestions would be welcome as this is a difficult thing to get right. I suspect whatever is chosen will be a compromise to some extent. Colin°Talk 13:14, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

Your points are well taken. I followed the customs of "people" lists, which often skirt the edges of that guideline (which I suspect is in need of review). The practical matter is that any extension this list beyond public figures, while possible within WP:V, would dilute its usefulness and enter the realm of questionable taste. Also, I definitely defend the "patients" designation within the title. Although I also compiled a larger list of public figures who were immediate family to a brain tumor patient and donated the data to leading brain tumor charities, such information ought to be handled with dignity and care. I do hope more of those people step forward and lend their celebrity to the search for a cure - but irresponsible broadcasting of their names could be counterproductive. No one chooses this distinction. Durova 22:37, 20 August 2006 (UTC)
Your concerns to only include notable people (as opposed to the relatives of notable people, for example) is quite understandable and correct. This should be true of all medical lists on Wikipedia. To do otherwise would be an invasion of privacy, even if the information was publicly available. I think the "notable" could be dropped whilst keeping the existing entry criteria as detailed in the intro. However, I know that many editors don't read the "rules" so can understand your fears that someone will add "So and so's brother had a brain tumor". As principle editor, I'm happy for your opinion to hold here. Colin°Talk 09:41, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

Note to readers[edit]

Due to the large number of pediatric cases, parents and teachers may want to use this list to develop innovative teaching approaches. Examples from this list could familiarize children with brain tumors and put a human face on the subject. Anyone can appreciate the music. Suggested selections include The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," Johnny Mercer's "Accentuate the Positive," Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Bob Marley's "Redemption Song," or Ethel Merman singing a George Gershwin tune such as "I Got Rhythm." Grade school age children could watch Elizabeth Taylor as a child star in National Velvet or hear stories about figures from their favorite sport. High school and college age students could write term papers about figures from some field of interest. Durova 18:00, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

Benign tumors[edit]

Medicine does not generally use the term "benign" to describe low grade brain tumors. Unlike other parts of the body, a slow growing tumor inside the skull eventually kills most patients unless treatment succeeds in removing it completely. This misleading description may still appear in some older publications. Durova 06:32, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

Why are people like Dia Dicristino and William Finn included? A brain cyst and AVM are not tumors. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.168.202.127 (talk) 20:19, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Bert Convy[edit]

Why was Convy's name removed; he died from a malignant brain tumour.

Robbie 07:37, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

Arlen Specter[edit]

Specter's name removed by me b/c Hodgkin's disease (lymphoma) is not a form of brain cancer.

Please contact me if you disagree!!

Thanks!!

Rms125a@hotmail.com 20:44, 28 February 2006 (UTC)

I've reinstated Arlen Specter. The claim that he had Hodgkin's disease *instead of* a brain tumor is unsourced. The reference within the article links to a major news source that quotes him directly as saying he survived a brain tumor. Senator Specter's case is among the most well documented on this list, with 13,900 Google hits for "Arlen Specter" + "brain tumor." The National Brain Tumor Foundation identified him in as a well known patient in a press release dated 9 November 2001. [1] In 2005 he was also diagnosed as having Hodgkin's Disease. The user who removed the reference seems to have confused these two separate diagnoses for ailments that were diagnosed twelve years apart. Durova 17:28, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

That was me, sorry!! I didn't know the poor fellow has battled this horrific disease (cancer, in general) TWICE!!! 63.164.145.85 02:34, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

NP. It's admirable that he remains in the senate despite it all. I'm glad he's with us as an inspiration to others. Durova 05:37, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

Adding to this list[edit]

Featured list status requires a high standard of editing. Following are suggestions to new contributors:

  • Please accompany each entry with an external link to a reliable source.
  • Footnote a diagnosis if it takes more than three lines. Cite an additional reference if appropriate.
  • If you have trouble using table format, post to this talk page and ask for assistance.
  • Add a link to this list in the See also section of the person's Wikipedia biography.

Thank you very much for contributing and making this list more comprehensive. Durova 16:34, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

Sun Ming Ming[edit]

Can I add this guy? He had a brain tumor that wa sconnected to his pituitary gland. He's also the tallest man to play in basketball, a future prospect of the NBA, and he fought Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour3. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jijjin (talkcontribs) 03:32:16, August 19, 2007 (UTC).

Ethel Merman[edit]

To expand the information about her cause of death, please create a footnote and a supporting external link citation. Durova 05:35, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

Research suggestion[edit]

I've started to survey the incoming links at brain tumor for biography articles. Anyone care to do the same for brain cancer? Durova 05:46, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

John von Neumann[edit]

I'm not quite sure wether he is "eligible" or not for this list. It seems that he developed cancer in other parts of the body first, and it finally spread to the brain... The nature of his job made this tumor somewhat more dramatic than it already is... Perhaps we can even say it was a notable tumor of a notable person!... -- NIC1138 21:51, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

Just state that the tumor was metastatic, as with Lance Armstrong. Durova 21:30, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

List rename[edit]

As highlited by User:Colin, the current title is inaccurate and does not conform to guidelines. First, the use of "notable" is redundant since the criteria for inclusion in the list is notability. Read Wikipedia:Lists (stand-alone lists)#Lists of people. And second, the word "patient" is inacurate as you are only a patient whilst receiving treatment for that condition by a doctor. So it is hard to see the word applying to everyone in either list. It also implie a medical POV. I'll move the list to List of people with brain tumor if no one will object to the move. CG 13:40, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

See the Article title section above too. I wouldn't say the current title was "inaccurate". I'm less concerned about the word "patient" for the brain tumor list than the epilepsy list. However, I don't want to set a precedent where all medical lists of people use the word patient. Colin°Talk 14:20, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

People with brain tumor is incorrect I think. List of people diagnosed with brain tumors sounds better to me, though I could be wrong on a technicality. The current name definitely needs to go though. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 23:55, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

While I understand some of these concerns, the comment "also implie a medical POV" is puzzling. Brain tumor is a medical diagnosis. What other POV could possibly exist? Durova 06:50, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
Not everyone with a medical diagnosis would like to be viewed as a "patient" 100% of the time. This generally applies to chronic illnesses (which is why I didn't want the word for the epilepsy list). Doctors view you as a patient, everyone else doesn't - hence the POV. I see "patient" appear often in medical articles written by wikidocs. I think they view everyone without a stethoscope round their necks as a "patient" and it may influence their writing in that they might not consider the whole person rather than just a bunch of symptoms to be cured ;-) Colin°Talk 09:54, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
Within this community I've never seen that objection. The usual first question when one logs onto a brain tumor chat is, "are you a patient or a caregiver?" It becomes a self-identification: people who have this condition know that no matter how slowly the tumor grows or how good the location, it will kill them if untreated, and even treatment that seems to be successful could change into fatal news at the next MRI exam. I suppose I could imagine how an epileptic could manage without medical care and even see advantages to the condition. If the precedent ever becomes an issue, you could reply that brain tumor terminology is often exceptional. Technically speaking, primary brain tumors do not fit the definition of "cancer" (although in nearly every way they behave like cancers) and a good number of tumor types are not strictly "malignant" either even though most patients die. Durova 17:10, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

Entry Criteria[edit]

It appears that this list is accepting people who have a brain tumor whether this is the original cancer site or just one place that it spread to. It seems to me that this dilutes the value of the list. Some cancers can spread all over the body in the end stages. If someone developed lung cancer, for example, but it spreads elsewhere, they'd still have lung cancer and would probably be recorded as dying of lung cancer. You wouldn't expect that person to appear on a list of folk who had bone cancer just cause it spread to the bones.

I do accept that for many references, all the info we have is that they died of "a brain tumor". I would argue that those who had a different primary cancer, and for whom the brain tumor wasn't the cause of death or notable symptoms, should be removed.

Comments please .... Colin°Talk 14:20, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

I think I see how the confusion arose. After the article achieved featured status another editor altered the introductory statement about inclusion criteria. I've restored the older version, which expresses how the list represents metastases. Brain tumors and other types of tumors do not bear easy comparison. Patients who experience a brain metastasis and their caregivers encounter a special set of concerns in common with primary brain tumor patients and radically different from all other types of metastasis. When this list circulated within the brain tumor community, including major charities, no one objected to noting metastatic cases. Durova 06:38, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

References[edit]

Can I suggest the references be transformed to be like those on List of people with epilepsy. The anonymous hyper-link style used at the moment is not featured-list quality. In addition, a review of the references may result in a tidy-up of some additions and would be worthwhile in maintaining its featured-list status. If nobody complains/volunteers then I may do this at some point soon. Colin°Talk 14:20, 19 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! Sounds great. Durova 06:45, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
Done. Colin°Talk 20:09, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Uriel Weinreich[edit]

Does anyone have a source for this listing? I've Google searched "brain tumor," "brain tumour," and "brain cancer" without finding anything. The entry doesn't have the tone of a hoax, but this list's inclusion criteria state the listings must all be verified. Posting in the hope someone can supply a printed confirmation. Durova 08:39, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

Audit[edit]

Now that the references are visible, it is clear that not all can be regarded as reliable sources. I've already removed/replaced some that were just Wikipedia mirrors, or used Wikipedia content (such as some Answers.com articles). Gwethalyn Graham's entry has been removed for now, since I couldn't find an alternative source at present. Two other significant sources are also worth replacing or supplementing:

  • Internet Movie Database. According to the Wikipedia article, this contains user-contributed material that undergo very little editorial checking. It doesn't cite its sources or name the authors of the entries.
  • Facts about Brain Tumors web site. In my experince on the Epilepsy list, many charities do no fact checking whatsoever. In addition, I believe an earlier draft of this Wikipedia list was circulated to such charties. Therefore the risk of a self-reference is high.

My impression from whizzing through all the references is that not all info in this list can be verified against them. I'm happy to ignore the birth/death dates and the "reason for notability" mini-bio in the comments. But I think the statements regarding their tumor needs to be verified by the sources: What kind, what they died of, how long they survived.

The best sources for supplementary reliable sources are, I think, books, newspapers and reputable news web sites. Biographies and obituary columns would be obvious choices.

As part of auditing the references, and potentially replacing or adding some, I wonder if extra information is welcome. For example, more details on the cancer, operations, personal reaction, public reaction, etc. I think there will be little info for many entries, where the source merely gives the cause of death. But for some, there is extra info. Would it be too morbid to include - i.e. would people prefer a bare list and for that sort of info to be in the person's article only?

Could someone please give extra details on what the "Survival" column is based on. Is it time from diagnosis, time from first symptom, time from initial visit to a doctor, or something else?

Feedback and help with this task would be appreciated. Colin°Talk 20:09, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

The pre-Wikipedia version of this list was also referenced to reliable sources. When I brought the concept over to Wikipedia I double checked every entry and removed the ones whose reference was no longer a live page. I think we can trust the National Brain Tumor Foundation. Unlike some other medical sites, they don't repeat speculative diagnoses of people who lived hundreds of years ago. Your criticism of the IMDB seems valid. Also, I haven't done a thorough check on the entries that have been added since FL approval. With the exception of IMDB verifications, I think the original FL names should all be solid. Durova 16:43, 12 September 2006 (UTC)

Possible Additions[edit]

The following people are in the "Brain tumour deaths" category but not (yet) in thist list:

Colin°Talk 21:56, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Ray Bumatai[edit]

While the current entry is WP:RS adequately sourced for Ray Bumatai, I'm curious to see whether a second source can confirm this information. Three years with glioblastoma multiforme is pretty remarkable. Since the news story calls this "brain cancer" rather than the more technically correct "brain tumor" I'm a little skeptical about the numbers. Durova 13:29, 13 October 2006 (UTC)

This news article confirms the 2002 date, and the brain tumour fact. Another source is here. I haven't found any other source for the tumour type. Colin°Talk 15:06, 13 October 2006 (UTC)

Nell Carter[edit]

I removed Nell Carter from this list, as the source listed did not saying anything about a brain tumor, nor have I been able to find evidence elsewhere that she had one. The claim that she had a brain tumor was once on her wikipedia article, but this has been removed from there as well. --Xyzzyplugh 08:45, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Cao Cao[edit]

It's widely believed that Cao Cao died of a brain tumor, but seeing as that happened close to 1,800 years ago it's a bit hard to confirm that! Complicating the fact, it's not mentioned on Cao Cao's page, but it does show up on Hua Tuo's page (Hua Tuo is the doctor who, in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, discovered the tumor).

Could you provide an independent source for that? Was an autopsy performed? Was the condition even a known ailment at that time? DurovaCharge! 05:15, 2 May 2007 (UTC)
Here you go: http://www.threekingdoms.com/chapter.php?c=78

AFD listing[edit]

Apologies to the many who put hard work into this article. Without prejudice, and without upset, I would like to see a discussion whether this featured list is actually encyclopedic, as I have concerns whether it is or not.

Hopefully this will be taken in the spirit it is intended - as a simple request for more in-depth thought, and not in any way detracting from its creators who have put work into it. If it is found to be encyclopedic, then good; I'd like to see discussion. FT2 (Talk | email) 07:46, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Automatic addition of "class=FL"[edit]

A bot has added class=FL to the WikiProject banners on this page, as it's listed as a featured lists. If you see a mistake, please revert, and leave a note on the bot's talk page. Thanks, BOT Giggabot (talk) 06:26, 8 December 2007 (UTC)

Arleen Auger[edit]

The famous Australian Opera singer is missing on this list, too. Diagnosed in 1992, died in 1995 (?) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 62.156.141.116 (talk) 07:45, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Mary Shelley[edit]

Better source: Seymour, Miranda. Mary Shelley. New York: Grove Press (2000), 537-538. ISBN 0-8021-3948-5. I would change the entry myself, but I am unfamiliar with the cite templates. Awadewit (talk) 04:58, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Wolfram von Richthofen[edit]

Von Richthofen was a distant cousin of the German World War I flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, popularly known as the "Red Baron" (who shot down 80 enemy aircraft before being killed in action in 1918), and the baron's younger brother Lothar von Richthofen, who shot down 40 enemy aircraft.

He was 47 at the time and the second-youngest person to be promoted to the rank of field marshal in Nazi Germany, after Hermann Göring (who was promoted when he was 45). Von Richthofen was retired on medical grounds in late 1944.

He subsequently died of a brain tumor whilst being held in American captivity at Bad Ischl on July 12, 1945.

You are absolutely right so it is strange then that this addition has not been added to the list. Disgraceful in fact. But no surprise. The people who edit this page are not really interested in making a meaningful contribution to future generations. Will future readers care about the "rules" that govern this site? It only happened if there was a "reliable reference". But what is a reliable reference? Who decides? The statement is a fallacy. Like this article.
WP:RS the definition of a reliable source is explained there. I share your frustration with the rules, but actually reading them curbed my frustration a little; they are in place with good reason. 143.92.1.32 (talk) 23:58, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Anatoli Levchenko[edit]

Moved from main list to talk pending better sourcing. Durova288 18:18, 1 August 2009 (UTC) |- valign="top" | Anatoli Levchenko | 1941–1988 | Research cosmonaut. | | | [1]

Bob Parent[edit]

Moved from main list to talk pending better sourcing. Durova288 18:45, 1 August 2009 (UTC) |- valign="top" | Bob Parent | 1923–1987 | Jazz photographer whose works appeared in Life and Downbeat. | | | [2]

Audit[edit]

I'm auditing the entries here to ensure they are reliably sourced. I'll expand the list as a go along. I'm working from the bottom up.

Person Source Comment
Chris O'Brien CourierMail Reputable newspaper
John Vlissides The Washington Post Reputable newspaper
Aleksandr Zinovyev BBC News Reputable online news
Lyle Alzado The New York Times Reputable newspaper
John Hartson The Telegraph Reputable newspaper
Lance Armstrong The Telegraph Reputable newspaper
Severiano Ballesteros The Guardian Reputable newspaper
Kevin Berry The Australian Online Newspaper
Angelo Bertelli 50 Years of College Football Book
Bobby Bonds CNN Reputable tv news
Ken Brett Local newspaper
José María Buljubasich ESPN Reuters
Richard Burns BBC Sport Reputable online news
Matt Cappotelli World Wrestling Entertainment Sports website
Richard Chelimo BBC News Reputable online news
Maurice Colclough The Guardian Reputable newspaper
Dan Duva New York Daily News Newspaper
Josh Gibson ESPN Reputable sports news website
Tim Gullikson Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation Press release
Scott Hamilton The New York Times Reputable newspaper
Craig "Ironhead" Heyward ESPN Reputable sports news website
Heiko Herrlich Soccer America Magazine Football magazine
Terry Hoeppner Indiana University Athletics University website
Dick Howser BaseballLibrary.com Baseball website
Emlyn Hughes Los Angeles Times Reputable newspaper
Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie Cricinfo.com Cricket website
Bob Johnson Sports Illustrated Vault Time Warner publication
Walter Johnson Biography and web xxx
Eric Liddell BBC Reputable online resource
Reginald Lisowski Slam! Wrestling Sports website
Wayne Maki Hockey Hall of Fame & book Sports website
Peter May Cricket Society Journal Longstanding society
Frank Edward "Tug" McGraw ESPN Associated Press
Bobby Murcer CBSSports.com Associated Press
Johnny Oates USA Today Associated Press
Kim Perrot CNN/SI Associated Press
John Prentice BBC News Reputable online news
Bobby Robson The Telegraph Reputable newspaper
Glenn Roeder BBC News Reputable online news
Pete Rozelle The New York Times Reputable newspaper
Wilma Rudolph Wilma Rudolph Printed biography
Nick Sanborn Motorsport.com Specialist news site
Robert Stone The Sidney Morning Herald Reputable newspaper
Earl Strom The New York Times Reputable newspaper
Fritz Von Erich Slam! Wrestling Associated Press
John Vukovich LA Times Reputable newspaper
Dick Wantz Salon.com Reputable online news
Kevyn Aucoin New York Magazine Reputable magazine
Fred Conlon www.fredconlon.com and Leitrim arts newsletter Self published website on self and arts magazine.
Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig Art News Fine arts magazine
Eva Hesse Eva Hesse Printed biography
Philip Iverson CBC Arts TV News website
Lynn Kohlman LiveStrong bio and Times obit Cancer charity and reputable newspaper.
Owen Merton In the dark before dawn: new selected poems of Thomas Merton Bio in a book of his poems.
Ferdinand Preiss www.preiss.de Self published website on grandparent
Eero Saarinen Eero Saarinen: shaping the future Printed biography
John Willie Salon.com Reputable online news
Barbara Albright The Boston Globe Reputable newspaper
Duygu Asena The Associated Press News agency
Susan Bergman advocate.com LBGT news site
Bebe Moore Campbell BBC News Reputable online news
Raymond Carver Chicago Sun-times Reputable newspaper
Hugh Cook zenvirus.com Self published website on self
Carl Foreman www.amanda-foreman.com Self published website on parent (reprint of Times interview?)
Robert Forward www.robertforward.com Self published website on self
John Galsworthy PBS Reputable broadcaster
Veronica Geng New York Magazine Reputable magazine
Johnny Gunther Journal of Pediatric Psychology Mini bio in academic medical journal
Frigyes Karinthy New York Review of Books Mini bio in serious journal
Pat Kavanagh Times Online Reputable newspaper
Stephen Knight Website reprint of Ripperologist obituary Reprinted with permission from journal.
Lynda Lee-Potter BBC News Reputable online news
Terence McKenna Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Interview
William Vaughn Moody Guide to the William Vaughn Moody Papers University Library Biographical Notes
Ivan Noble BBC News/The Guardian Reputable online and print news
Chaim Potok BBC News Reputable online news
Timothy Reuter The Guardian Reputable newspaper
David Shaw Los Angeles Times Reputable newspaper
Charles Sheffield Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Author's homepage (via archive.org)
Mary Shelley The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley Scholarly biography
Lou Stathis Business Wire News agency
Trumbull Stickney The Poetry Foundation Large literary organisation
James Weinstein The Guardian Reputable newspaper

Audit from the top[edit]

I've started from the top of the list. Where required I have replaced poor sources with substantially more reliable ones. The following entries were sourced primarily to IMDB, and I have been unable to find a reliable replacement source:

--DO11.10 (talk) 00:47, 5 August 2009 (UTC)


Update: I have been through Business and Film, television, and radio. Referencing is up to date.--DO11.10 (talk) 22:50, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Update2: Military, Miscellaneous and Music sections have been audited and updated as well.--DO11.10 (talk) 01:40, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Bobby Robson[edit]

The England football manager died from lung cancer (the primary). A brain tumor was detected and removed in 2006. But that was not the cause of his death in 2009.

He therefore would count as a survivor. But the way it reads in the table gives the impression that Robson died from a brain tumor when in fact he had it removed three years ago. He succumbed to tumor in the lungs. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.147.153.30 (talk) 15:05, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

I just read his article and it says he died from lung cancer!!!! But 18 months later after the above post, this article still suggests he died from a tumour. Ridiculous. Who edits this stuff? Is wikipedia just simply about presenting clear facts? Poor, very poor. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 109.156.27.123 (talk) 14:33, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Audit of sources complete[edit]

Well Colin, we seem to have met in the middle. All of the sources used in this article should now be reliable and up to date.--DO11.10 (talk) 23:42, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

Really awful inclusion criteria![edit]

I came to this page expecting a list of people who were in some way notable because of something related to a brain tumor. (first patient to be cured by surgery, first patient to be cured by radiation, patient with the biggest tumor, patient with the most tumors, etc.)

Instead I find all these actors and politicians with perfectly normal boring tumors. Really, we don't need a list of people with ordinary tumors and their ordinary treatment.

The most interesting I found was Charles Whitman, who might have committed crime because of his tumor.

72.40.152.209 (talk) 11:27, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

Crap article[edit]

Why bother? Really? There are so many missing entries it's pitiful;. All because nerds need "reliable sources"! But that just sidelines the fact that they are too lazy to look for themselves. If the purpose of this site is to make meaningful contributions for future generations then efforts should be made to achieve that through "effort". Nit just to simply delete every addition that does not have a "reliable source". For instance Tony Anholt, the British actor, died of a brain tumour. I know because my father's family were friends with his relatives. But unless a reference is provided i.e. only a stranger can say what is already known because the stranger is accepted by wikipedia. So what have you have here is a list of published causes of death, nothing more. Therefore it no better than any common or garden web search thus making Wikipedia no better than the lowest common denominator the search engine on Google, for instance. Which makes the efforts of the people here pointless, quite frankly. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 109.156.27.123 (talk) 14:41, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

This list is badly out of date, and the survival rate table at the beginning of the article is unsourced and extremely misleading. I recommend at a minimum, deleting that table. Would there be any objections? --Elonka 23:50, 25 February 2012 (UTC)
According to the introductory text, that table is sourced to the 1980-1994 Norwegian study listed in footnote #2. (Abstract here.) Maybe that needs to be made clearer via editing, and if there is a better table available, updating would certainly be beneficial, but is it really better to have nothing than this information, old though it may be? --Arxiloxos (talk) 00:11, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
The problem with the data, is that it's only referring to a small number of patients that were treated at one specific facility. For all we know, that facility was only for patients with high grade malignant tumors of a certain type. It's not general "all patients with tumors" info. By putting the table at the top of the Wikipedia article though, it implies that these are survival rates for all patients with any type of tumor, and that's just not true. For example, many patients with meningiomas (the 2nd most common type of brain tumor) live their entire lives without showing any symptoms at all, let alone dying early. --Elonka 00:27, 26 February 2012 (UTC)
For discussion purposes, I'm moving the information from the article, here to the talkpage:

To put survival periods in context, a Norwegian hospital reviewed 1,218 patient records from 1960 to 1994 and reported median survival times for several tumor types over this 35-year period, as listed in the table below.[3]

Tumor type Median survival
1 Glioblastoma multiforme 12 months (1.0 years)
2 Anaplastic astrocytoma 25 months (2.1 years)
3 Astrocytoma (low grade) 95 months (7.9 years)
4 Oligodendroglioma 74 months (6.2 years)
5 Mixed glioma 65 months (5.4 years)
6 Medulloblastoma 109 months (9.1 years)
7 Brain stem tumors 9 months (0.8 years)
8 Pineal region tumors 60 months (5.0 years)
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  2. ^ "The Bob Parent Archive Project: A Photographer's Legacy Quietly Grows". All About Jazz. 2005-10-11. Retrieved 2006-09-09. 
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As mentioned above, I'm concerned that this is too small of a sample set to be featured prominently at the top of a Featured list. I'm also concerned that the source may not meet the requirements at WP:MEDRS. Meaning that it's probably reliable within its specific field, but that better would be if we could find a "review" article that collated data from multiple sources, not just one. --Elonka 22:39, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

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While this article is dubious at best, please at least spend five minutes fixing the sorting of the tables, none of the columns sort correctly. Or better, just make all the tables unsortable. Thanks. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:55, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

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