What Is Hairy Cell Leukemia?

Q:
What is hairy cell leukemia?

A:
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a blood cancer that starts in bone marrow. It occurs when bone marrow makes too many white blood cells called B lymphocytes.

B lymphocytes cells make the cancer look “hairy” under microscopes.

Hairy cell leukemia is a rare disease. Men have a much higher risk than women for getting it.

HCL is a chronic cancer, and develops slowly. Treatments will not completely eliminate the cancer cells. But with treatment, HCL patients may live longer.

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