|HIV and Lymphoma...are they related?
Dec 4, 1997
It is more likely that an HIV infected male would develop lymphoma (found in a brain tumor) than on who is uninfected?
If lymphoma can and often in HIV-related, what is the most common treatment if Chemotherapy is difficult to use. Our 37 year old son has just had a lymphoma removed from the brain. While the neurosurgeon and infectious disease doctor think that they got the source of the tumor, we realize that once it is in the lymph system, it can and usually does travel. There is no family history of lymphoma. We are concerned about the most effective treatment under the serious conditions that exist. The young man has been
up until this, doing well with the "cocktail" medications.
Response from Dr. Gallant
I'm sorry to hear about your son.
Lyphoma involving the brain is much more likely to occur in someone with HIV infection (usually advanced) than someone without HIV infection. The treatment for "primary CNS (central nervous system) lymphoma" is usually neither surgery nor chemotherapy but radiation therapy to the brain, although studies of chemotherapy are also being carried out. In contrast, treatment of other HIV-related lymphomas (those occuring outside of the brain) is with chemotherapy.
If that's what your son has--primary CNS lymphoma rather than non-CNS lymphoma that has spread to the brain from somewhere else--then there is little risk of spread to other areas. The main risk is of spread within the brain itself. JG
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