Hairy Cell Leukemia
(HCL; Leukemic Reticuloendotheliosis)
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- Abdominal swelling
- Easy bruising
- Night sweats
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Blood tests
- Bone marrow biopsy
- Surgery— A splenectomy may need to be done to remove an enlarged spleen.
- Chemotherapy —This is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. It may be given in many forms. This includes pill, injection, and via a catheter. The drugs enter the bloodstream and travel through the body.
- Medications, such as cladribine, pentostatin, and interferon, are used to fight the hairy cells.
- Blood transfusion —A blood transfusion may be done to treat anemia.
- Antibiotics or other medications to fight infection.
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society http://www.leukemia.org
BC Cancer Agency http://www.bccancer.bc.ca
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
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Hairy cell leukemia treatment (PDQ). National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/hairy-cell-leukemia/Patient. Updated October 30, 2013. Accessed November 26, 2013.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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