Hairy Cell Leukemia Treatment
Biological therapy is a treatment that uses the person's immune system to fight cancer. Substances made by the body or made in a laboratory are used to boost, direct, or restore the body's natural defenses against cancer. This type of cancer treatment is also called biotherapy or immunotherapy.
Interferon alfa is a biological agent that is commonly used for hairy cell leukemia treatment. Healthcare providers may use a biological agent called rituximab to treat relapsed or refractory cases of hairy cell leukemia.
Surgery for hairy cell leukemia usually involves a splenectomy, which is a surgical procedure that is used to remove the spleen.