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What are the symptoms of AIDS-related cancers?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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 symptoms ranging from fever and night sweats to facial paralysis and seizures.
  • AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma usually causes dark lesions, or spots, which first appear on the skin or in the mouth. Some people may lose weight or experience fever or swollen lymph nodes even if they do not get lesions.

Other cancers that are more common in people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) include multiple myeloma, Hodgkin disease, and throat, lung, liver, intestinal, and anal cancers. All of these cancers have their own unique symptoms.

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