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What Is Hairy Cell 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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yea: Most common treatment. Hope this helps.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
The cell cycle: ...is activated in the immature "blast" cells of acute leukemia. This is not so much a defect, as it is also a normal attribute of immature blood cells. A major problem is the lack of maturation of these cells into normal non-dividing blood cells. Various transcription factors are mutated and these may cause increased proliferation. CLL is characterized by decreased apoptosis (cell death). ...Read more
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
Could you please give me a way to give myself leukemia, or lymphoma? I'm willing to purchase cells or other necessities. Thank you.
Will not do it!:
The first principle in medicine is, "First do no harm". None of us would intentionally harm a patient. Giving some one a disease is against all the moral, ethical and common sense practices in medicine.
May I urge that you consult a psychiatrist to ascertain why do you want to harm yourself.
May God bless you with good health, happiness and prosperity! ...Read more
Cure is possible...: ...but depends on many individual patient factors. ...Read more
Does high white cell count 15.4 and headaches on and off for 6 weeks always indicate leukemia? Or could there still be other causes?
Absolutely not: You can raise your white count to 20, 000 by spending a half hour swimming in cold water. If the cells are normally formed, and the rest of your blood count is reasonable, look around for some other cause; you may not find one. Look for a cause of headaches as well -- it may be as simple as needing new eyeglasses. Good luck. ...Read more
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