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BY Cynthia DeMarco

Hairy cell leukemia is a rare blood cancer diagnosed in only about 1,000 people each year in the United States. Usually slow-growing, it’s considered a chronic form of leukemia. That means it involves mature cells: in this case, a type of white blood cell called B cells. 

To learn more about how hairy cell leukemia is diagnosed, what symptoms to look for, and how it’s treated, we checked in with leukemia specialist Farhad...

Close-up medical illustration of hairy cell leukemia in the bloodstream

BY Karen Vollmering

Blood cancers like lymphoma and multiple myeloma begin in blood-forming tissue, such as bone marrow or in cells of the...

BY Jon Hendren

I’d never heard of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) before I was diagnosed with it in November 2019. So, I didn’t know it was a bone marrow...

BY Connor Johnson

I’m a statistics guy, so when my doctor explained that a stem cell transplant offered me the greatest odds for surviving acute myeloid leukemia, I was on board.

I’d already had two months of chemotherapy back home in Oklahoma, but it hardly helped. Then I transferred to MD Anderson, where doctors discovered that a genetic mutation was fueling the leukemia cells in my bone marrow. Luckily, an MD Anderson clinical trial was testing...

Connor Johnson with the quilt his grandmother made from bandanas he collected.

BY Ronda Wendler

Connor Johnson was eager to return to his job as a licensed electrician after recovering from COVID-19 last spring. But his enthusiasm was...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Ever logged into MyChart to check on some lab test results, then just stared blankly at the screen once you saw them? You’re not alone.&nbsp...

BY Alexandre Alves

In January 2017, I was 24 years old and had just started working in a hospital in the northeast. Mere days after starting my new job, my dad...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Though it happens very infrequently, sometimes people develop a second type of cancer in addition to the first. This could be due to a number...

BY Laura Nathan-Garner

The COVID-19 pandemic. The winter freeze. A national blood shortage. The launch of our new Strategy.

These are just a few of the big...

BY Arav Patil

The happiest day of my life was the day my doctor told me I could stop chemotherapy because my leukemia was in remission.