Getting diagnosed with hairy cell leukaemia

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms. Or your GP might arrange to see you if you have had an abnormal blood test result. They will ask you about any symptoms and examine you.

They will then decide whether to refer you for further tests or to a specialist. 

Seeing your GP about hairy cell leukaemia

See your GP if you notice a change that isn't normal for you or if you have any of the possible symptoms of hairy cell leukaemia.

Referral to a specialist for hairy cell leukaemia

Your GP should refer you for an urgent blood test if your symptoms could be due to hairy cell leukaemia.

Screening for hairy cell leukaemia

There isn't a screening programme in the UK for hairy cell leukaemia. Find out more.

Tests for hairy cell leukaemia

Tests for hairy cell leukaemia include blood tests, bone marrow tests, ultrasound scans and CT scans.

Last reviewed: 
21 Oct 2021
Next review due: 
21 Oct 2024