|Should I have surgery for my KS
Jun 24, 2001
I have oral KS, and all down my esophagus. I now have a lesion growing in the back of the mouth, near the throat. I can no longer swallow large pills.
I'm afraid it will continue to grow and block my airways or at the least, my ability to swallow.
I started chemo last week using Doxil and go every three weeks.
Could the lesion be removed surgically, or should I just wait for the chemo to hopefully work. No one has given me a "timetable" of when to expect milestones.
Response from Dr. Dezube
Given the extent of your KS, you need chemotherapy. I'm pleased to see that this is exactly what you are receiving. Doxil is a liposomal type of chemotherapy. Its liposomal formulation enables the drug to accumulate in the KS lesions and spare your vital organs. It works quite well and I imagine you'll do well. Doxil (and DaunoXome- a similar drug) work best if you are on anti-retroviral medications.
In terms of surgery, forget it. Surgery rarely helps KS. Sometimes after surgery, KS can regrow at the scar site. I wouldn't recommend it. Stick with the chemotherapy for a while. I typically treat my patients with 6 cycles of treatment; some need more, some need less depending on the circumstances. Good Luck.
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