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Hi again..sorry to keep asking things.
Ive been reading through my copy of my medical notes from 1973 to the present day. Not once does it clarify if it was t or b cell. After 6 difficult weeks befor even being able to diagnose leukaemia at all they started treatment regardless. I was given Pinkel chemo then radiotherapy. Was wondering how was this possible to successfully treat without a complete diagnosis.
I was reading in an americam haematolgy jounal that children with all who present with mediasternum mass (as i did) do better than those who don't.
Is this true ?
If so why would this be so ?
I honestly don't know the answer to this question as I am an adult nurse as opposed to a children's nurse. No one in my department does either. Sorry!
With regard to treating the leukaemia before all the results are I- the basic induction chemotherapy for ALL is the same and its only after about 6-8 weeks ( when they have all the results) do they add in or change medication. In 1973 things would have been different , and there would have been little difference in treatment, if any due to lack of knowledge. Hence the importance of clinical trials in this type of disease.
Caroline - Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist
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