Exposure to certain chemicals such as those used in farming may increase the risk of developing HCL. However, other than avoiding such chemicals there is no known way to prevent developing HCL. This is an ongoing area of research at the OSUCCC.
At the OSUCCC – James, expert researchers continually focus on studying blood cancers and prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. In fact, the OSUCCC – James is consistently paving the way in leading-edge therapies and discoveries, leading to even more highly targeted care and treatment.
HCL research at the OSUCCC – James currently includes developing exciting new therapies that hone in on specific genetic targets within each patient, identifying cancerous cells, then killing those cells without the need for additional chemotherapy.
Couple that with world-renowned diagnostic experts and the most advanced diagnostic techniques to enable physicians to detect HCL as early as possible, and patients are experiencing improved outcomes, faster responses to treatment and fewer side effects.
Cancer screening tests help find cancer at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment are greatest. Though no standardized screening tests have been shown to detect HCL, the subspecialists at the OSUCCC – James are developing screening tests for people who are at risk for the disease. If you have risk factors, talk to your doctor about the need for testing.
Hairy Cell Leukemia Risk Factors
Large animal farming and exposure to Agent Orange, other defoliants (chemicals used to make leaves fall off), and pesticides have been implicated in the increased risk of developing HCL. Both men and women can develop HCL, but men over the age of 50 tend to be at a higher risk for the disease.
If you’ve been diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a leukemia specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.