Feb 7, 2007
Dr. Keith Henry:
Can HIV medications cause irreparable damage to the mitochondria, which in turn can lead to the developement of cancer in the lymphatic system?
Response from Dr. Henry
HIV medications (particularly some of the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors-NRTIs- such as D4T or AZT) can cause mitochondrial dysfunction/damage that is reversible in the vast majority of cases. There has been no link to increased risk for cancer among patients receiving NRTIs. KH
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