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What are the treatment options for AIDS-related lymphoma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Several treatment options are available for people with AIDS-related lymphoma.
  • Chemotherapy drugs destroy cancer cells or stop them from reproducing. After chemotherapy, stem cells may be introduced into the body to rebuild the blood.
  • Radiation also kills cancer cells or stalls their growth. It is the main treatment for AIDS-related primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma.
  • Targeted therapies also zero in on cancer cells. For example, lab-grown antibodies that can attach to cancer cells may be introduced into the body, possibly carrying radioactive or toxic materials or medications. Targeted therapies may be available to people with AIDS-related lymphoma who volunteer for clinical trials.
  • In unusual circumstances, surgery may be employed.

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