What is Hairy Cell Leukemia?


Hairy Cell Leukemia

Hairy cell leukemia is the most uncommon type of leukemia. Many people view it as a subset of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. According to Mayo Clinic, approximately 600 to 800 new cases are diagnosed each year.  Middle-aged men are the most likely to be diagnosed with it, and it is rarely if ever seen in children.

What is Hairy Cell Leukemia?

Hairy cell leukemia is a slow-growing disease in which the bone marrow makes too many “B” cells, a type of white blood cell that fights infection. Hairy cell leukemia gets its name from the fine projections on these cells that, under a microscope, look like hair.

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  • According to the National Library of Medicine, patients who have the disease and are treated can expect to live 10 years or more after diagnosis.

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