Stages of Hairy Cell Leukemia
Key Points for This Section
Untreated hairy cell leukemia
The hairy cell leukemia is newly diagnosed and has not been treated except to relieve signs or symptoms such as weight loss and infections. In untreated hairy cell leukemia, some or all of the following conditions occur:
- Hairy (leukemia) cells are found in the blood and bone marrow.
- The number of red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets may be lower than normal.
- The spleen may be larger than normal.
Progressive hairy cell leukemia
- There is an increase in the number of hairy cells in the blood or bone marrow.
- The number of red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets in the blood is lower than normal.