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What kind of cancer is kaposi's sarcoma?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Kaposi's sarcoma: Kaposi's sarcoma (ks) is a low-grade vascular tumor associated with infection with human herpesvirus 8 (hhv-8), also known as the ks-associated herpesvirus (kshv).
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
It used to be seen: In elderly men of mediterranean origin, a purple raised lesions most commonly on extremities, and it was quite rare. However, it became the hallmark skin finding in the early aids epidemic, as immune systems deteriorated, these lesion occurred all over bodies. Interestingly, as immune systems recovered, many of these lesion involute indicating a strong importance of immunity.
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Virus & low immunity: It is caused by a herpes type virus and mostly occurs in patients with immune deficiency or old individuals. It is a tumor of blood vessels and generally presents are multiple lesion in the skin. There is no good treatment other than treating the immune deficiency.
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