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Treating cancer with Norvir, Truvada and Intelence. Is this correct?
Jan 6, 2010

This is a general question. I was told that doctors can treat cancer with Norvir, Truvada and Intelence. Is this correct? It was my understanding that these medications were only used for HIV.

Response from Dr. Henry

Those HIV medications are not used to directly treat cancer. Effective use of antiretroviral medications may have an indirect beneficial effect on HIV related cancers (such as Kaposi's sarcoma) either in decreasing risk for and causing regression of tumor due to improved immune function (increasing CD4 cell counts) and possibly less immune activation. Similarly, effective use of HIV medications may decrease the long term risk for non-AIDS cancers though data on that is still limited. KH



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