This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of mistletoe as a treatment for people with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of mistletoe research, the results of clinical trials, and possible side effects of mistletoe use.
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Mistletoe is a semiparasitic plant that has been used for centuries to treat numerous human ailments.
Mistletoe is used commonly in Europe, where a variety...
Added text to state that hairy cell leukemia is an indolent, low-grade, B-cell lymphoma usually characterized by circulating B-cells with cytoplasmic projections, splenomegaly, absent lymphadenopathy, pancytopenia, and monocytopenia.
Added text to state that in addition to the B-cell antigens CD19, CD20, and CD22, the cells coexpress CD11c, CD25, and CD103. Also added that the BRAF-V600E mutation is a hairy cell leukemia–defining genetic lesion that can be used diagnostically (cited Tiacci et al. and Naik et al. as references 1 and 2, respectively).
Relapsed or Refractory Hairy Cell Leukemia
Added Gerrie et al., Ranvandi et al., and Else et al. as references 11, 16, and 17, respectively.
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