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How can treating HIV help with AIDS-related lymphoma?

One of the cornerstones of treatment for AIDS-related lymphoma is treatment of the underlying human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. At one time, people with AIDS could not withstand full doses of cancer treatment because of their lowered immunity. But today, treatment that combats HIV - called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) - enables people with AIDS-related lymphoma to take full doses of chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting drugs, or even higher doses in some cases.

In addition, HAART can boost immunity so that if AIDS-related lymphoma does develop, it tends to be a type that can be treated effectively with chemotherapy. All of this gives people a better chance of surviving AIDS-related lymphoma.

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