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Cause of hairy cell leukemia

A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
No.: Hairy cell leukemia is a relatively rare type of blood cancer that arises from lymphocytes. It is extremely responsive to treatment. Altough probabl... Read More
Dr. Agos Luca
Specializes in Pathology
No: Leukemia is generally not hereditary but having a first degree relative with leukemia may slightly increase your risk.

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Not in kids: Hairy cell leukemia is not a disease in children. It is a very rare disease in adults-only 600-800 cases/ year in usa- and the median age is 52 year-o... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Hcl diagnosis: Clinical history and examination as well as simple blood work will reveal evidence of pancytopenia ( low white blood cell, red blood and platelet leve... Read More
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Bone marrow biopsy: The ultimate test is a bone marrow biopsy. Sometimes we can see the hairy cells on a blood smear (see picture), but a bone marrow biopsy is the way to... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Hematology and Oncology 37 years experience
Fatigue: Hairy cell leukemia is a very rare disorder. It is diagnosed, usually, when a person presents with severe fatigue, and anemia is detected. A large spl... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Hope this helps.: Hcl is caused by the abnormal growth of b cells. The cells look "hairy" under the microscope because they have fine projections coming from their surf... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymundo Romero
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
EXCELLENT: Hairy cell leukemia is rare. In about 90% of people with hcl one treatment can put them in remission for a very long time. Although hcl is considered ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Please consult this site: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hairy-cell-leukemia/basics/definition/CON-20026432 For good health - Have a d... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Hairy cell: Treatment options for hairy cell leukemia will include : purine analogs such as cladribine or pentostatin - these two are very effective therapy for h... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Yea: Most common treatment. Hope this helps.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Yes it is: Yes, it is. There are other medications besides cladribine that are also used for hairy cell leukemia. Discuss further with your oncologist.

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