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Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)

These treatments only deal with the skin lesions, not with KS overall. Skin lesions may come back after treatment. If KS has spread into internal organs, systemic (whole-body) drug treatment is used. If ART is not enough, the drugs doxorubicin (Doxil) daunorubicin (DaunoXome) or paclitaxel (Taxol) may be added. Doxil and DaunoXome are anti-cancer drugs in "liposomal" form. "Liposomal" means that tiny amounts of drug are encased in small fat...
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Kaposis Sarcoma, symptoms?

Hello Dr. Dezube, I really appreciate what you are doing here. I have read everything I could find on Kaposis Sarcoma, and read somewhere that it spreads through the capillaries. I have a quarter sized flat spot on my foot that comes and goes,...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
It's hard to make a diagnosis over the internet. Nothing you described to me sounds like KS. The only sure way to make a sure diagnosis of KS is to biopsy a persistent pigmented spot. It doesn't sound like your spot is very persistent.... Read more »

Deep Kissing and Kaposi's Sarcoma

There was a recent report spread that HIV+ individuals can pass KS by deep kissing?. Is this true? Also is there a test to detect that you have KS or been exposed to it? If it similar to a Herpes virus isn't there going to be some latent...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
This is a REALLY difficult question. It is true that the New England Journal of Medicine (2000:343:1369) reported that deep kissing is associated with transmission of the herpes virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). The researchers studied... Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma

If someone has ks lesions on lower leg and also ankle swelling that also seems related to ks will these things clear up once on meds. I am presently not due to normal t cell count but am concerned that ks might spread if I do not get on meds....
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
In most cases Kaposi's Sarcoma resolves when antiretroviral therapy is started. Based on this observation, it is reasonable to start HAART at a higher CD4+ lymphocyte count threshold when KS is present.... Read more »

Kaposi's sarcoma progressing despite HAART

I got a kaposi's sarcoma on one on my toe almst a year ago and it was treated with radiotherapy and it went away. At that point i started taking Atripla. My Dr. says Atripla would stop developing more KS but i had new ones in my back and legs....
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting.In most cases, Kaposi's Sarcoma stops progressing and often recedes in response to HAART. However, this is not always the case. There are some instances in which KS progresses despite virologic control and immune... Read more »
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Kaposi's sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Anyone out there who has KS or has knowledge about it?
I need to communicate with you if you are that person. Please respond-I would be so very grateful. Thanks.

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kaposi's sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
does anyone here have KS? Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma - after four weeks?

Posted by Sprite1, 1 Reply
How quickly does Kaposi's Sarcoma manifest? In addition to what I believe are new moles, I also have a couple of flat red spots on my shoulder now. Read more »

Any women out there with Kaposi's Sarcoma?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I really need to talk with someone about KS. Heard that it is rare in women. Are there any ladies out there with Kaposi's sarcoma who could answer some questions/offer some support? I'll respond as soon as I see a reply to this post. Thanks!

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