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Is there a gentle way to treat kaposi's sarcoma?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Sure.: There are two kinds of kaposi's sarcoma - the kind associated with hiv, and the kind that is not. Hiv-associated kaposi's usually responds to HIV treatments. When the patient is not hiv-positive, the disease is indolent, and can be treated with surgery, cryotherapy, or other non-aggressive treatments, since the disease is not aggressive and typically poses no threat to live or general health.
Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dermatology 53 years experience
Kaposi Sarcoma: Kaposi sarcoma, ks, is a purple cancer of the skin that is caused by a type of herpes virus. It was seen only in elderly jewish and italian men until 1980, and then, in people who had aids. This herpes virus is weak and only attacks these certain people. The immune system must be restored with HIV drugs and then the ks lesions can be treated with radiation or chemotherapy. It is rarely lethal.
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Kaposi's sarcoma: For most cases addressing the underlying immune deficiency is the primary treatment. Unfortunately "gentle" may be difficult to guarantee depending on your definition of the word.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
The gentlest: I'm going to assume that this is not the result of immunosuppression by HIV or medication. In this case, one option is, "No treatment at all." The mild disease is seldom a threat to life or overall health.

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