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Is it wrong to ask what kind of leukemia if a child has it?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No, it is not

There are many types of leukemia and factors that have to be calculated in selecting treatment and discussing prognosis of the disease.
It is not wrong to ask your doctor what type of leukemia that the child has so that you can discuss further re-tretament plan etc. Leukemia is only a general terminology for a cancer of the white blood cells-that is very serious and need to be treated right away.

In brief: No, it is not

There are many types of leukemia and factors that have to be calculated in selecting treatment and discussing prognosis of the disease.
It is not wrong to ask your doctor what type of leukemia that the child has so that you can discuss further re-tretament plan etc. Leukemia is only a general terminology for a cancer of the white blood cells-that is very serious and need to be treated right away.
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Dr. Robert Warner
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Leukemia simply means an elevated number of white blood cells in the peripheral blood, and says nothing about the prognosis or type of treatment recommended.

In brief: No

Leukemia simply means an elevated number of white blood cells in the peripheral blood, and says nothing about the prognosis or type of treatment recommended.
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Dr. Martin Raff
It may depend on who you are relative to the family in question, and the reason you are asking. If it is just curiosity you should be a very close friend or relative to be asking questions of this nature. On the other hand if you know a lot about leukemia and can help out the family, please ask.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on context

If it is your own child, no.
If you are just being nosy it is considered rude unless you are well within the inner circle of the family involved.

In brief: Depends on context

If it is your own child, no.
If you are just being nosy it is considered rude unless you are well within the inner circle of the family involved.
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