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How do I manage my AIDS-related lymphoma on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Managing AIDS-related lymphoma involves treating not only the cancer, but also the underlying human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. You will probably need standard cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation - and in the meantime, you will probably need to continue taking highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to combat HIV. HAART is an important part of treatment for AIDS-related lymphoma, as it can enable people with HIV to physically handle the large amounts of chemotherapy drugs they may need.

The whole process can be extremely stressful. If you have AIDS-related lymphoma, you may find it helpful to try some of the coping strategies that have worked for other people with cancer. Keep doing activities you like - including work and exercise, if you feel up to it - but make sure you rest as much as you need to. Allow friends and family to help with daily tasks and provide emotional support. You may also find it helps to find a support group in your neighborhood or online.

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