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What is the treatment for hairy cell leukemia?

What is the treatment for hairy cell leukemia?

Hairy cell: Treatment options for hairy cell leukemia will include : purine analogs such as cladribine or pentostatin - these two are very effective therapy for hcl. Interferon alpha, splenectomy are also used in certain cases. In refractory/relapse disease, in addition to cladribine/pentostatin, anti cd 20, anti cd 22 and anti cd 25 also are available. Discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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Can children get hairy cell leukemia?

Can children get hairy cell leukemia?

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-old. ...Read more

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Is cladribine a good medication for hairy cell leukemia?

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. ...Read more

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Can rituxan (rituximab) treat my hairy cell leukemia?

Can rituxan (rituximab) treat my hairy cell leukemia?

Generally, yes: Rituxan (rituximab) is an antibody that binds the surface of B lymphocytes, which includes hairy cell leukemia. By itself it can induce remissions, but it is more effective when given in combination with other agents. Here is a link to a recent paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25195120 ...Read more

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Anyone here prescribe cladribine for hairy cell leukemia?

Anyone here prescribe cladribine for hairy cell leukemia?

Sure: Sure, cladribine is one of treatments for hairly cell leukemia. So, what is the question? http://www.drugs.com/mtm/cladribine.html. ...Read more

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My doctor says I don't have cll but hairy cell leukemia? What is that?

My doctor says I don't have cll but hairy cell leukemia? What is that?

A chronic leukemia: Hairy Cell Leukemia is another type of chronic leukemia (not CLL - chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and can be effectively treated. Presenting symptoms can be quite different and a challenge for diagnosis. Treatment has been very good. See site for info: https://www.lls.org/content/nationalcontent/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/leukemia/pdf/hairycellleukemia.pdf ...Read more

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Can you tell me anything about hairy cell leukemia?

Can you tell me anything about hairy cell leukemia?

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 surface. Hcl usually leads to low numbers of normal blood cells. The cause of this disease is unknown. It affects men more often than women. The average age of diagnosis is 55. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor says I don't have cll but hairy cell leukemia?

Consult: Nowadays, every leukemia is typed by flow cytometry. Get with the laboratory and a hematologist who's at a major center. Hairy cell is extremely manageable nowadays. ...Read more

Dr. Wei Ding
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Hairy Cell Leukemia (Definition)

Hairy cell leukemia is a rare type of blood cancer where the uncontrolled growth of a type of immune cells of the blood leads to a weakened immune system, lymph node enlargement, night sweats, fatigue from anemia, and ...Read more