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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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KS and switching meds to put KS into remission

I will be 73 next month and I am thinking of changing my HAART meds. My doctor recommends it, but is not insisting on it. I am doing quite well on my present meds, Combivir and Veramune which I have used ever since I was diagnosed 5 1/2 years...
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
Thank you for your post.This is a very interesting question that does intermittently come up in clinical practice. In other words, are there situations where one class of drugs may be better than another in a select situation. With regards to KS,... Read more »

Do I have genetic (classic) KS or HIV KS? Are they treated differently?

I am 68 and Jewish (Ashkenazi)In August 2001, I was diagnosed with KS that was on my ankle, the size of a pencil erasure. I was at that time tested for HIV with CD4 cells=415, Viral load=7,000; I was put on Viramune and Combivir; VL was...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
This is a very interesting questions-- if you have a form of cancer, how do you know if HIV caused it or if you would have gotten it anyway, and then does it make a difference.You by definition have AIDS-related KS. AIDS-related KS is defined as... Read more »

How does KS look? Can KS blanch (turn white wehn you press on it)?

Is it common or have there been many clinical cases of KS flat lesions (non-nodule type), that blanch completely upon applying light pressure?All the literature that I've had to read says that KS does not blanch upon pressure. However, it seems that...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
KS can come in so many varied forms and colors. The lesions are often in the shape of an ellipse. They can be pink, red, purple, and brown. They can range in size from tiny to many inches in diameter. They can be flat or nodular. So there is no... Read more »

KS and Lungs; will y KS rebound after stopping chemotherapy?

Dr. Dezube,I wanted to ask you a question I didn't see posted in the past unless I just missed it. Last year in November I became very sick and hospitalized with related HIV/AIDS symptoms. One of the occurring problem was I have KS on my lungs. I...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Dear Matt: Your doctor's management of your case sounds very reasonable. I too treat my patients, who have KS in the lung, with chemotherapy. I too usually stop after a while and see what happens. I typically give 6 rounds of chemotherapy before... Read more »
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Treatment Action Group

The KS Project Report: Research Paper Details Advances, Obstacles In The Treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma

TAG's Michael Marco and APLA's Marty Majchrowicz debuted their joint collaboration, "The KS Project Report: Current Issues in Research and Treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma," at the X International Conference in Yokohama before the otherwise listless... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Anti-Cancer Agents: B. More About KS

KS is divided into four types depending partly on ethnicity and geography, as follows: Classic KS This rare disease tends to occur in men of Mediterranean or Jewish heritage who are 50 years or older. Skin lesions usually appear on the feet or... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Anti-Cancer Agents: C. KS in HIV-Negative Men

Studies in Western Europe and the United States suggest that about 25% of gay men are infected with HHV-8. In contrast, in women and in men who are not MSM, rates of infection are less than 5%. Researchers at two hospitals in Paris have been... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Anti-Cancer Agents: D. Liposomal Chemo for KS

The use of HAART suppresses HIV production, which allows the immune system to begin repairs. As a result, previously hard-to-treat infections usually begin to respond to therapy and may go into remission. In HIV positive people with a limited... Read more »
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KS suspect

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have reason to believe I may have come into contact with KS, I understand these lesions can show up briefly and dissapear just as quickly. I`m really worried. It looks nothing like typical herpes rashes or syhpillis. In fact it looks more like... Read more »

KS quotation, Dr Dezube

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
KS is caused by a type of herpesvirus called HHV-8 or KSHV. It likes to reside in the oral cavity. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the KS virus can be spread by deep kissing. HOWEVER, many viruses can be spread by... Read more »

KS lesions

Posted by Anonymous
Is there anyone out there with knowledge about KS or who has KS? I really need to communicate with someone who has first-hand information. Read more »

KS

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know what ks looks like ,Ive got to small raised red spots on my arm about the diameter of a pea with kind of a rough serface to them any ideas what this is. Read more »