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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 cervical cancer, Kaposi sarcoma, and lymphoma (especially non-Hodgkin lymphoma).

These are only considered AIDS-defining cancers in people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus; when others contract these cancers they are not considered AIDS-related.

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How common are AIDS-related cancers?
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About 25 to 40 percent of people with HIV or AIDS get cancer -- especially certain types. For exampl...
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Are there alternative treatments for AIDS-related cancers?
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Alternative therapies will not cure any cancer, including AIDS-related cancers. However, when used a...
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Who is most at risk for AIDS-related cancers?
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Are AIDS-related cancers serious?
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AIDS-related cancers are very serious. They can be treated, but they can also be fatal. Different ty...
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