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What is a kaposi sarcoma?

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Dr. Anthony Back
Medical Oncology 38 years experience
A rare cancer: Kaposi's sarcoma is a relatively uncommon cancer that is most often associated with HIV or older age. A virus called hhv8 is associated with many of these cancers.
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Dr. Riley Alexander
Pathology 12 years experience
Viral cancer: It is a cancer usually marked by "violaceous" skin lesions derived from lymphovascular tissue. It is caused by a herpes virus, HHV8. In the modern era it is strongly associated with HIV-positive and is considered an AIDS defining condition.
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Soft tissue cancer: It is a rare cancer of the soft tissues which appear as raised red or purple lesions of the skin or in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. It can occur in immune compromised patients, those with advanced hiv/aids and elderly men. Survival rates are 50-60% and treatment options incllude surgery, radiation, chemotherapy (advanced cases).
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Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 44 years experience
Tumor: It is known now to be caused by a herpes virus and therefore transmitted from person to person. Immunocompromised persons are more susceptible such as transplant patients or persons infected with hiv.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are they symptoms of kaposi sarcoma?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
Depends: Kaposi sarcoma is a malignancy of the blood vessel wall; it can occur in men of middle eastern descent and is usually not aggressive, it can also appear with HIV (aggressive) . The lesions usually appear as purplish bumps on the skin. They may also appear in the mouth or GI tract and can be a cause of bleeding. Sometimes they can become painful if they progress in size. Hope that this is helpful.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the stages of a kaposi sarcoma?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Skin only, nodes ,: Lapland in elderly involvesxskin only using on the feet, can spread to lymph nodes and nil ate stages internally to liver and spoken as well as esophagus and lung. Early kpaosi is easily treatable.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What do you do after surgery for kaposi sarcoma?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Monitor: Keep checking for new lesions. Removing an individual lesion does not prevent the formation of new lesions at a different site.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho commented
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
agree. However if there is any evidence of systemic involvement- i.e. lymph gland enlargement with involvment of Kapossi proven by biopsy - then chemotherapy would likely be recommended.
Feb 16, 2012

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