Symptoms of Hairy Cell Leukemia
Susceptible to bruises and bleeding
Unexplainable weight loss
Feeling full even after eating a little.
Risks of Hairy Cell Leukemia
Exposure to ionizing radiation
Exposure to industrial or agricultural chemicals.
Older men are more susceptible to hairy cell leukemia.
Diagnosis of Hairy Cell Leukemia
Blood Test to check the blood count in the patient’s body.
Bone Marrow Biopsy to check the presence of hairy cell leukemia cells.
CT Scan to check for swollen spleen and lymph nodes.
Treatment of Hairy Cell Leukemia
Chemotherapy and biological treatments are the two procedures that hematologists and oncologists opt for in the treatment of hairy cell leukemia.
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy drugs are provided to hairy cell leukemia treatment so as to kill the malignant B-cells. Cladribine and pentostatin are the two chemotherapy drugs that are used to treat hairy cell leukemia. A continuous infusion of cladribine is introduced into the patient’s body through his/her veins for several days. On the other hand, pentostatin infusion is provided to patients every other week. In that case the treatment goes on for three to six months.
Biological Therapy: Unlike chemotherapy, the drugs of biological therapy help the immune system to identify and kill the leukemia cells. Interferon and Rituximab are the two types of biological treatment used for hairy cell leukemia. Biological therapy is provided to those patients who cannot take chemotherapy.
Factors affecting the cost of Hairy Cell Leukemia Treatment
The following factors affect the treatment cost of Hairy Cell Leukemia:
The hospital, the patient chooses.
Room –Standard single room, deluxe room, super deluxe room for the number of nights specified (including nursing fee, meals, room rate, and room service).
The type of hairy cell leukemia suggested by the hematologist.
Fee for the team of doctors.
Standard test and diagnostic procedures.
Cost of the follow –up care required after the procedure.