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Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)

What Is KS? How Is KS Treated? Can KS Be Prevented? What Else Is Being Studied for KS? The Bottom Line What Is KS? Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a cancer-like disease. It originally was known as a disease affecting elderly men of Eastern European or Mediterranean background. KS also occurs in African men and people with a weakened immune system. The most common cause of KS now is HIV infection. KS is a sign of AIDS. KS usually shows...
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Panretin gel

Is Panretin gel enough on its own to treat KS?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Panretin gel is currently the only patient-administered therapy approved for KS. It has been shown to shrink the KS tumors. Typically it takes 4 to 8 weeks to work. Panretin works in patients no matter what their CD4 counts are. Depending upon where... Read more »

When does Panretin gel take effect?

Hi Doctor. Thank you very much for your excellent work on this website. I have recently begun using panretin for my KS lesions. In your experience, how long does it take for a noticeable improvement to take place?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Panretin gel is currently the only patient-administered therapy approved for KS. It has been shown to shrink the KS tumors. Typically it takes 4 to 8 weeks to work. Panretin works in patients no matter what their CD4 counts are. Depending upon where... Read more »

Panretin Treatment for chronic KS

Good morning. I have a need for updated/recent information related to Panretin gel for treatment of chronic KS (more than 6 lesions and recurring >3 years). Someone close to me is asking if taking a Chemo holiday and substituting Panretin gel...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
If your friend has no other medical problems besides the KS skin lesions, MRI and CAT scans are probably going to be of little value but much expense. If the lesions are stable or regressing, his oncologist may be right about no pressing need for... Read more »

Panretin treatment for chronic KS

Good morning. I have a need for updated/recent information related to Panretin gel for treatment of chronic KS (more than 6 lesions and recurring >3 years). Someone close to me is asking if taking a Chemo holiday and substituting Panretin gel would...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
It is indeed permissible to go on and off chemotherapy. I typically treat my patients for about 6 treatments and then stop the chemotherapy and observe them for a while. Although it is NOT uncommon for KS to come back, often it does not come back... Read more »
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Table of Contents What is Cancer? Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS) Lymphoma Cervical Cancer Conclusion What is Cancer? Cancer refers to the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of certain cells that can interfere with normal body functions.... Read more »
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