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Brain Cancers in AIDS Infected Patients
Mar 1, 2001

Are their any particular kinds of brain cancers that people with AIDS are more prone to? My brother is 29 and is in the last stages of this disease and recently found out he has brain cancer..Doctors are not suggesting chemo and they have taken him off his cocktail..His left side is paralyzed and he has lost the ability for speech. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks, Joe

Response from Dr. Dezube

The only brain tumor that is closely associated with AIDS is primary lymphoma of the brain. This is typically treated with radiation and steroids. Other brain tumors can occasionally be seen in HIV'ers, but they are really not linked to AIDS. For example, gliomas can be seen from time to time. These latter tumors, however, are much less common in HIV'ers than the lymphomas. I'm sorry to hear about your brother. To some degree, almost all brain tumors respond to radiation and steroids. Good Luck.


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