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Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. This is the most common first line treatment for hairy cell leukaemia.

About chemotherapy

Find out when, where and how you have chemotherapy for hairy cell leukaemia, and read about possible side effects.

Chemotherapy drugs

The most commonly used chemotherapy drugs for hairy cell leukaemia are cladribine or pentostatin. 

Last reviewed: 
13 Nov 2020
Next review due: 
13 Nov 2023
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