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A 47-year-old female asked:

My 50 yr old brother diagnosed with hairy cell and he had chemo meds last wk. what are chances that i could get this disease? i have no insurance.

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
No worries: Hairy cell leukemia is a very rare type of cancer. You have literally no chance to have a rare cancer in two members of the same family. So i would not worry at all that it could happen to you. But do get insurance as there are many other medical problems which are likely to affect you, needing a physician take care of you.

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Last updated Jul 16, 2013

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