Leukemia – B-cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia and Hairy Cell Leukemia


These cancers are subtypes of Leukopenia and can be abbreviated as PLL and HCL for convenience. PLL is associated with high levels of immature and nonfunctional lymphocytes in the blood which can cause prognosis to deteriorate rather quickly. This cancer may be associated with another type of Leukemia called Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). HCL generally is more stable and gets its name from the hair-like fibers protruding from the cell. These abnormal hairy cells can build up and interfere with other healthy blood cells; however, this type of Leukemia is typically very treatable.