How do other illnesses affect AIDS-related lymphoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Certain kinds of lymphoma found in people infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are considered AIDS-related lymphoma, as it indicates that the HIV infection has become AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). AIDS damages the immune system, which can complicate cancer treatment. People with HIV infection and AIDS will probably need to take potent drugs, known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), to enable their bodies to handle the high doses of chemotherapy they may need to battle the cancer. AIDS can also lead to other cancers and opportunistic infections, like pneumonia or histoplasmosis, which can complicate treatment.

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