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Hairy Cell Leukemia In Children
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 can manifest a number of ways. These are 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.Consider tests in blood,call PMD ...Read more
Yea: Most common treatment. Hope this helps.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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.
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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