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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...

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...