- Q Can AIDS-related cancers be prevented?
Standard cancer prevention strategies - like avoiding tobacco and heavy alcohol use - can help anyone reduce their risk of cancer, including people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). If you have HIV, you are more likely to get certain AIDS-related... Full Answer
- Q Are AIDS-related cancers serious?
AIDS-related cancers are very serious. They can be treated, but they can also be fatal. Different types of AIDS-related cancers can cause pain, bleeding, and harm to various organs, including the brain. Cancer may grow faster in people with HIV because... Full Answer
- Q What are AIDS-defining cancers?
When a person with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) gets certain cancers, it is often a sign that their condition has progressed to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). This is why these cancers are known as AIDS-defining cancers. They include... Full Answer
- Q Are AIDS-related cancers contagious?
You cannot catch any type of cancer from another person. Cancer develops in the cells of the body and cannot spread between people. However, some contagious viruses can cause cancer to develop in your body or increase your risk, including the... Full Answer
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with AIDS-related cancer?
If someone you care for has AIDS-related cancer, they may face complex, lengthy, and possibly difficult treatment for both the cancer and their HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection. As with anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, you can help... Full Answer
- Q What are the symptoms of AIDS-related cancers?
Different AIDS-related cancers have different symptoms: Cervical cancer seldom causes symptoms in its early, most treatable stages. It can cause women to bleed between periods or feel pain in the pelvis or during sex. AIDS-related lymphomas can cause... Full Answer
- Q How do other illnesses affect AIDS-related cancers?
People with AIDS-related cancer are still vulnerable to other infections that prey upon people with immune systems weakened by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). Patients may need to take antibiotics to ward off these infections, along with their HIV... Full Answer
- Q How do medications treat AIDS-related cancers?
Chemotherapy drugs may be used to treat some AIDS-related cancers, including lymphomas, cervical cancer, and Kaposi sarcoma. In addition, people with AIDS-related cancers should continue to take anti-HIV medications and any other medicines they need,... Full Answer
- Q How can regular checkups help me avoid AIDS-related cancers?
If you have HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), regular medical checkups can help you detect AIDS-related cancers in their early stages or, in the case of cervical and anal cancers, even before they start. For women, regular Pap tests can catch abnormal... Full Answer
- Q How can my white blood cell count affect my AIDS-related cancer treatment?
For people with AIDS-related cancers, a low white blood cell count could affect treatment. For example, a woman who has a pre-cancerous growth removed from her cervix is more likely to see it return if her white blood cell count (also called CD4 count or... Full Answer