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How To Treat Kaposi Sarcoma When You Are Hiv Positive

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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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Treating Kaposi Sarcoma

Is it worth taking the risk of changing medications to get rid of the KS? It's been progressing to the point I've had to start specific chemiotherapy (will be testing it for the next 6 weeks);4.Could you recommend anyone or a website...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
It's probably not worth changing your HIV regimen. More impact on KS is seen going from no HIV meds to being on HIV meds.There are many websites out there. Not exactly sure what you are looking for. You might start with this one from the... Read more »

Kaposi's sarcoma and Doxil; How long should I be treated for

I was diagnosed with KS in Dec. 2001, and had my tonsils removed because of a lesion on them. I have five lesions on my body, and a few in my mouth/throat. I recently had my first Doxil treatment, and my oncologist says I may only need 2...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I personally treat patients with a couse of 6 treatments. This may be an issue of style. Your oncologist is not necessarily wrong if your therapy is cut short. Different cancer doctors approach things differently. The only time I cut the... Read more »

What does kaposi's sarcoma look like??

Hi I am an 18 year old female and I have a reddish purple spot on the skin tissue of my right breast. It is flat, spotty and looks like a bruise, but it has been there for more than a week now and has not changed color. I am trying to figure out...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
It would help to know if you're HIV positive. If you are HIV negative, KS would be most unusual. The skin lesions appear most often on the lower extremities, face (especially the nose), mouth, and genitalia, but they can also appear in many... Read more »

kidney failure + kaposi sarcoma

I have an aunt in her mid 60's and she has been positive for some time now. She was diagnosed with kaposi's sarcoma a month ago and had been treated with Cosmegen. After 3 weeks of treatment, her kidney results came in and treatment was...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
I am sorry to hear about your aunt.Acute renal failure has been reported with use of Cosmegen. If she has no underlying kidney disease (from diabetes, hypertension or from HIV), it may be too soon to know how much recovery she may have of her... Read more »
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Kaposi Sarcoma---PLEASE HELP

Posted by InvisibleNoMore, 2 Replies
Hello All,

Today I found out that the lesions that were covering my body for the past couple months are Kaposi Sarcoma. I was diagnosed HIV+ almost a year ago. Since diagnosis I have been on Complera and my viral load has been undetectable and my CD4... Read more »

kaposi's sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
If a Kaposi's sarcoma is diagnosed, is it an important thing to
treat? I guess the question is, will other things kill a person
first?....Is this a sign that the end is in sight? What relevence
is a Kaposi's... Read more »

Kaposi Sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous
I have KS and was diagnosed in August 2001, and shortly thereafter was tested for HIV and was positive. My t-cells are in the 600s and I have been undetectable since Sept. 2001. My KS are on my right ankle. About every 9 months I get a new, but... Read more »

kaposi's sarcoma

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
the other da i noticed a lesion on my chest. turns out to e kaposi's sarcoma. However, I have consistenly tested neg for hiv. Can this be with out hiv? Or am I one who is the 1% the tests cant catch?

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