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Surgery to remove your spleen

Doctors don't often use surgery to treat hairy cell leukaemia. This is because leukaemia is a disease that affects the whole body. It is called a systemic disease.

So the best treatment is one that treats the whole body, such as chemotherapy or targeted drugs. But some people with hairy cell leukaemia need an operation to remove the spleen (splenectomy). 

About surgery to remove your spleen (splenectomy)

Find out what the spleen is and why doctors might need to remove it for hairy cell leukaemia

Preparing for surgery

To prepare for your operation you have some tests and meet people from your multidisciplinary team. 

Going into hospital

What you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

The nurse will go through a series of questions on a checklist to make sure you are ready for surgery.

After hairy cell leukaemia surgery

Find out how you’ll feel after surgery to remove your spleen, when you can go home, and your follow up appointments.

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