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Hairy Cell Leukemia

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by Alan R

(HCL; Leukemic Reticuloendotheliosis)

 

Treatment

HCL is a slow-growing cancer. As HCL progresses, treatment may include:
  • 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
 

RESOURCES

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
http://www.leukemia.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

BC Cancer Agency
http://www.bccancer.bc.ca

Canadian Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.ca

 

References


General information about hairy cell leukemia. 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.


Hairy cell leukemia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 5, 2012. Accessed November 26, 2013.


Hairy cell leukemia. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society website. Available at: http://www.lls.org/#/diseaseinformation/leukemia/hairycellleukemia/. Accessed November 26, 2013.

 

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