Quick overview of hairy cell leukaemia (HCL)
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What is it?
Hairy cell leukaemia is a type of cancer that develops from B lymphocytes (white blood cells that fight infection) and can affect the blood (‘leukaemia’). It is slow-growing and usually responds very well to treatment. Most people diagnosed with hairy cell leukaemia are treated successfully and have a normal life expectancy.
— Read on lymphoma-action.org.uk/types-lymphoma-non-hodgkin-lymphoma/hairy-cell-leukaemia