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AIDS-triggered Cancers; How do they differ from the other cancers?
Apr 27, 2002

How do AIDS-triggered cancers vary in their syptoms from those in a non-infected person? What are those variations?

Response from Dr. Dezube

AIDS-defining cancer include Kaposi's sarcoma, lymphoma, and cervical cancer. When these cancers occur in HIV-infected individuals, they tend to be more aggressive than cancers in non-infected persons. Other cancers which occur in HIV-infected persons include Hodgkin's disease and anal cancer. They too are more aggressive than cancers in non-infected persons. Anal cancers and Hodgkin's disease are called HIV-associated cancers instead of AIDS-defining cancers since if you have anal cancer or Hodgkin's disease, you do NOT necessarily carry a diagnosis of AIDS. Please note that many, if not most of these cancers mentioned above, are VERY treatable. They are best treated by a team effort (e.g. primary provider, HIV experts, oncologists, nurses, and so on).

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