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Hematology: Hairy cell leukemia — Treatment with interferon alpha. Treatment

In most cases, to deal with hairy cell leukemia, the cytotoxic drugs, causing the death of tumor cells, are used. However, when they are ineffective, or upon recurrence, the patients can be prescribed alpha-interferon. The action of this drug is based on stimulation of the body's own defenses.

Therapy

Stimulating the activity of immune cells, alpha-interferon is involved in formation of an anti-tumor immunity. The effect of the drug is expressed in reduction of the tumors size and inhibition of further development of leukemia.

The drug is administered subcutaneously in the hospital. The injections are performed every day for 4 to 6 weeks. The treatment outcomes are evaluated by follow-up studies:

  • complete blood count,
  • blood chemistry,
  • cytogenetic analysis.

The most frequent side effect of the drug is a flu-like syndrome manifested by fever, headache, and general malaise. In order to facilitate the patient's condition, the NSAIDs are prescribed.

In rare cases, patients can also report:

  • weight loss,
  • arrhythmias,
  • depression.

When the adverse symptoms are manifested strongly, the treatment is terminated.

Upon achievement of a partial remission, the patient is transferred to maintenance therapy, which implies the repeated injections of interferon 3 times a week on an outpatient basis. The recommendations for further treatment are developed by the physician on an individual basis.

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Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #358154

The Department of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine offers the full range of services in these focuses. The department specializes in the treatment of all blood diseases, oncological diseases of various organs and palliative care.


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St. Vincentius Clinic Karlsruhe

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Immunology and Palliative Care

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #336312

he Department of Hematology, Oncology, Immunology and Palliative Care specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from blood diseases, oncological and immunological diseases. Palliative medicine also belongs to the main directions of the department.


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location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe

Academic Hospital Harlaching Munich

9.2/10 from 32 Votes

Department of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #144119

The Department of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine primarily treats patients with cancer or hematologic diseases. The treatment is based on the comprehensive approach, which includes both physical and psychosocial aspects. The department is part of the interdisciplinary Cancer Center Munich Süd.


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University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

Department of Gastroenterology and Endocrinology

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #178875

The Department of Internal Medicine II – Gastroenterology at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar offers the full range of modern methods of endoscopic and sonographic examinations and performs all relevant gastroenterological and endocrine function examinations.


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Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Immunology, Palliative Medicine, Infectiology and Tropical Medicine

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #177493

The Department of Hematology, Oncology, Immunology, Palliative Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine in Schwabing treats all benign blood diseases, disorders of the immune and coagulation system, all forms of blood cancer, and the most of cancers.


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location_searchingCity: Munich
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Academic Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

Department of Hematology and Oncology

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #144987

The department of hematology and oncology diagnosed and treated malignant tumors. The therapeutic spectrum includes all medicamentous treating methodes including chemotherapy, antibody, immune and hormone therapy. Cancer patients benefit from interdisciplinary treatment.


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location_searchingCity: Munich

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

Department of Hematology, Oncology, Hemostaseology, Rheumatology and Infectiology

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #76445

The Department of Hematology, Oncology, Hemostaseology, Rheumatology and Infectiology specializes in the treatment of all diseases of the hematopoietic system and solid tumors.


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location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main
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University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

Department of Hematology, Hemostaseology, Oncology and Pneumology (Medical Department A)

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #151045

The Medical Department A (Med A) at the University Hospital Muenster deals with the treatment of all kinds of cancer of various organs, including the hematopoietic system.


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location_searchingCity: Muenster
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Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Oncology, Hematology and Palliative Care

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #356238

The Department of Oncology, Hematology and Palliative Care offers the full range of services in the relevant medical fields. The department is certified by the German Cancer Society, which confirms the outstanding quality of medical care.


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location_searchingCity: Hamburg

Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Oncology and Hematology

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #338027

The Department of Oncology provides complex treatment and care for oncological diseases and cancerous blood diseases (hematology).  It offers a full range of services in the field of these two areas. The treatment is conducted in outpatient and inpatient settings. The focus is on the needs of the patients.


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location_searchingCity: Berlin

PAN Clinic Cologne

9/10 from 14 Votes

Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #36939

The Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the PAN Clinic on Neumarkt covers the whole range of general, conservative and interventional cardiology, as well as internal medicine.


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location_searchingCity: Cologne
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University Hospital Duesseldorf

9.9/10 from 71 Votes

Department of Hematology, Oncology and Clinical Immunology

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #166191

The Department of Hematology, Oncology and Clinical Immunology at the University Hospital Dusseldorf provides treatment of patients with blood diseases, cancer and immune system diseases. The Department focuses on the treatment of malignant diseases of  blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes.


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location_searchingCity: Duesseldorf
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Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

9.9/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Hematology

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #331099

The Department of Hematology at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center provides expert care for patients with a variety of blood disorders, including malignant hematological diseases.


location_onCountry: Israel
location_searchingCity: Tel Aviv

Hannover Medical School

9.8/10 from 43 Votes

Department of Hematology, Hemostaseology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #246991

The Department of Hematology, Hemostasiology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at the Hannover Medical School specializes in diagnosis and treatment of the entire range of malignant tumors, benign hematological diseases and blood coagulation disorders.


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location_searchingCity: Hannover

University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

Department of Oncology, Hematology, Clinical Infectiology, Clinical Immunology, Hemostasis, Intensive Care

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #165633

The Department of Oncology, Hematology, Clinical Infectiology, Clinical Immunology, Hemostasis, Intensive Care deals with the treatment of various internal diseases.


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location_searchingCity: Cologne
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Vivantes Am Urban Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

Department of Hematology and Oncology

Treatment of hairy cell leukemia with interferon alpha (1 curse) #340098

Clinical areas of the Department of Hematology and Oncology include acute leukemias, lymphomas (lymph node cancer), multiple myeloma, lung cancer, testicular cancer, metastatic breast cancer and malignant gastrointestinal diseases such as stomach cancer and colon cancer.


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location_searchingCity: Berlin




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