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What Does Kaposi Sarcoma Do To You

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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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Can I get Kaposi's sarcoma from a woman?

I am a straight male. I would like to know if it is likely to get Kaposi's sarcoma from a woman?...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Kaposi's sarcoma is caused by the Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (also known as human herpes virus-8, HHV8). It is mostly found in the oral cavity (saliva). HHV8 is a pretty common virus, particulary among gay men (either HIV+ or HIV-).... Read more »

If you have Kaposi's sarcoma, do you have AIDS?

if you have Kaposi's sarcoma do yo have HIV or AIDS and can you tell me how wold you know if you have KS...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Kaposi's sarcoma is an AIDS-defining illness. So by definition, if a person is HIV positive and has KS, then that person has full-blown AIDS, no matter what the person's CD4 count is. It turns out that folks who get diagnosed with AIDS... Read more »

Kaposi's Sarcoma in early infection?

Hi,,when does Kaposi's Sarcoma appear? can it appear in the first 1 to 3 months of infection? or it appears after yaers?...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Kaposi/s sarcoma can be seen over a wide range of HIV situations though in general it is seen after many years of infection-rarely after just several months. KH... Read more »

My friend is dying from Kaposi's sarcoma

all hope has been lost for a dear friend. 39 years old with Kaposi's sarcoma in one lung. CD4 cell count is only 4. Viral load is 550. Just sent home from hospital for pallative chemo, DR i known this is difficult question but is there any...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
I'm so sorry to hear this all. Although there are many good chemotherapy drugs for Kaposi's sarcoma, sometime patients do use up all there options. This may have indeed happened in your friend's case. Most chemotherapy is... 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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