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Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 1991 Apr;5(2):297-310.

Treatment of AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma.

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Division of AIDS Activities/Oncology, San Francisco General Hospital, California.


Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is the most common malignancy seen in association with AIDS. Important epidemiologic trends in the occurrence of AIDS-associated Kaposi's sarcoma (AIDS-KS) have been identified, and the molecular processes associated with the development of KS are being studied intensively. It is hoped that these studies will ultimately lead to an understanding of the etiology of the disease and to a rational approach to therapy. Treatment with conventional chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, and various local treatment modalities is effective for palliation of clinical problems associated with AIDS-KS, although the toxicities of these approaches may be problematic. Therapy for AIDS-KS must be individualized, with appropriate consideration given to the patient's overall clinical and immunologic status.

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