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How do AIDS-related cancers affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Like all cancers, AIDS-related cancers occur when cells in the body grow in places where they are not needed. Cancers may grow faster in people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) because their immune systems are weak and have trouble fighting off these extra cell masses.

Each AIDS-related cancer affects the body differently. For example, AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma usually starts as skin lesions, but it can spread to the intestine, liver, or lung. AIDS-related lymphoma can invade the spinal cord and brain, causing seizures and other symptoms.

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