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Is hairy cell leukemia hereditary?

Is hairy cell leukemia hereditary?

No: Leukemia is generally not hereditary but having a first degree relative with leukemia may slightly increase your risk. ...Read more

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Hairy Cell Leukemia (Definition)

Please consult this site: https://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/hairy-cell-leukemia/basics/definition/CON-20026432 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of hairy cell leukemia?

What are the symptoms of hairy cell leukemia?

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 spleen is often detected on examination. ...Read more

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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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If I have had hairy cell leukemia, is it safe to have an epidural injection for back pain? I am 63 and have been in remission for 7 yrs.

If I have had hairy cell leukemia, is it safe to have an epidural injection for back pain? I am 63 and have been in remission for 7 yrs.

Yes: I am unaware of any contraindications to performing an epidural steroid injection in patients with cancer (unless of course the tumor is in the direct route of the needle). ...Read more

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Normal life span for 48 year old woman with hairy cell leukemia treated with cladrabine 2008?

May be a long time: Prior to cladribine, this leukemia had a low survival. Now patients can have a long disease free interval. Seer 5 year survival is 92%. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

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Is hairy cell leukemia hereditary?

No: Leukemia is generally not hereditary but having a first degree relative with leukemia may slightly increase your risk. ...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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What are the tests for hairy cell leukemia?

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What are the tests for hairy cell leukemia?

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 level) and enlargement of spleen and symptoms associated with above. This information is important. Ultimately, a bone marrow biopsy is essential to be done to diagnose hairy cell leukemia. Discuss further with
your oncologist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hairy cell leukemia?

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 spleen is often detected on examination. ...Read more

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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 are the chances of surviving hairy cell leukemia?

What are the chances of surviving hairy cell leukemia?

Over 90%!: If I had to pick a leukemia to have, this would be the one. Most patients go into remission permanently with their first cycle of a drug called cladribine. Patients who don't usually respond to a second cycle of treatment with the same drug, or to removal of their spleen. It's a curable leukemia! It's named for the hairy projections on the cells. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hairy cell leukemia?

What is the definition or description of: Hairy cell leukemia?

See below: Please consult this site: https://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/hairy-cell-leukemia/basics/definition/CON-20026432
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What are the usual and not so usual signs of relapsed Hairy Cell Leukemia? Can a person not lose weight and still be relapsing?

What are the usual and not so usual signs of relapsed Hairy Cell Leukemia? Can a person not lose weight and still be relapsing?

Yes but unspecific: If one had remission from chemotx or other modalities, hairy cell leukemia recurs a number of ways. This is one chronic B cell leukemia that affects blood, marrow, spleen and hence relapse may manifests as tummy fullness if spleen still present, weakness fatigue, infection symptoms like fever and chills, easy bruising if all blood elements depressed by leukemia. Considerflow c. tests in blood, call PMD, ...Read more

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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

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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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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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Normal life span for 48 year old woman with hairy cell leukemia treated with cladrabine 2008?

May be a long time: Prior to cladribine, this leukemia had a low survival. Now patients can have a long disease free interval. Seer 5 year survival is 92%. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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

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

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If I have had hairy cell leukemia, is it safe to have an epidural injection for back pain? I am 63 and have been in remission for 7 yrs.

Yes: I am unaware of any contraindications to performing an epidural steroid injection in patients with cancer (unless of course the tumor is in the direct route of the needle). ...Read more

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How often does hairy cell leukima return?

Varied.: In one long-term study the 10-year rates of relapse were 48 and 42 percent for subjects initially treated with cladribine or pentostatin, respectively. So it depends on treatment. Good news is that remission rates on relapse with treatment are also high (Medicine still works if it comes back). ...Read more

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I had hairy cell luekemia 7 yrs. Ago. I am 62. Should I get a shingles vaccination?

I had hairy cell luekemia 7 yrs. Ago. I am 62. Should I get a shingles vaccination?

Yes: I am not sure how the two are related. None the less a shingles vaccination at your age is a good idea. ...Read more

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How bad is the prognosis for plasma cell leukemia?

How bad is the prognosis for plasma cell leukemia?

Bad but there's hope: Plasma cell leukemia is a very aggressive cancer of marrow plasma cells with survival sometimes measured in months. Newer drugs however along with stem cell transplant appear promising to improve the prognosis. See Expert Rev Hemtol 2010 Oct 3, p543 ...Read more

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What is the count of platlets and white cells that should make me suspect leukemia?

Let me answer this b: Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells...Platelets may or may not go down as a result of acute leukemia. Your need to have a CBC and differential count. In cases of leukemia white cell count can be low, normal or high but it is the immature white cells in the blood which are indicators of acute leukemia. The final diagnosis requires bone marrow examination to check if there is leukemia or. ...Read more

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Define differential diagnosis of prolymphocytic leukemia or mantle cell leukemia.

Define differential diagnosis of prolymphocytic leukemia or mantle cell leukemia.

They are too differe: There should be no confusion between these two entities. One is a lymphoma (nodal disease) the other one is a blood cancer that should not affect the lymph nodes. Rather easy diagnosis if you are seeing the right type of specialist! ...Read more

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What happens to your red blood cells during leukemia?

What happens to your red blood cells during leukemia?

Anemia is common.: Both during the diagnosis and during treatment, anemia is common. Leukemia and the treatments cause red blood cells not to be produced normally, which causes anemia. This often requires transfusions. ...Read more

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Leukemia (Definition)

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