Sep 13, 2004
hi, my grandma has Karposis Sarcp,a and she just went through chemo therapy. I am EXTREMELY worried about her so please bare with me and help me out. I dont know her CD4 cell count and viral load because i dont know what they are. She just went to the hospital 2 days ago and has a swollen left foot which has been there for many years. I just visited her at the hospital yesterday, and she looked extremely weak, she could barely talk, and is on and off most of the time. I already know that chemo therapy is a very strong medication and i just want to know if my grandma will have any chance to live through this? Do you have any ideas that will help regain her strength and become the active grandma she used to be? How long will she stay weak like this? How long will it take to regain the amount of cells she needs? Should she eat any type of foods to help regain her energy? please help me out, thank you.
Response from Dr. Pierone
It sounds like your grandmother is very sick, but Kaposi's Sarcoma is certainly a treatable condition, as is HIV. Her doctors should be able to give her and the family an idea of her prognosis based on her counts and overall medical condition. If she have been ill for a while she may require nutritional supplements and help ensuring sufficient nutritional intake. Good luck!
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