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Symptoms of hairy cell laukaemia include frequent infections and swelling of the tummy. Find out more.

Getting diagnosed

Find out what to expect when you see your GP, when you see a specialist and which tests you might have.

Risks and causes

We don’t know what causes hairy cell leukaemia. But there are some factors that might increase your risk of developing it.


The stage of a leukaemia means how much it has developed. There is no widely agreed staging system for hairy cell leukaemia.


There are different treatments for hairy cell leukaemia. You might have one treatment, or a combination. The main treatment is chemotherapy. 

Research and clinical trials

Read about the latest research into hairy cell leukaemia and see how you can take part in clinical trials.

Living with hairy cell leukaemia

Lots of support is available to help you and your family cope with your diagnosis and treatment.


Find out about survival for hairy cell leukaemia.

Hairy cell leukaemia variant (HCL-V)

Hairy cell leukaemia variant (HCL-V) is a separate type of leukaemia from the typical or classic hairy cell leukaemia.

Last reviewed: 
13 Feb 2018

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