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Is lung cancer affected by HIV or AIDS?

There is little data available to provide definite answers to this question, but some general comments can be made. HIV-positive patients do seem to be at higher risk for developing lung cancer and they tend to develop it at an earlier age than others. Although some research suggested that HIV-positive individuals have a shorter survival time and lesser chance of being cured of lung cancer than others, more recent studies in the era of modern HIV therapy (known as highly active retroviral therapy) suggest that this may not be the case. Surgical removal of the tumor remains the treatment of choice for HIV-positive patients with early stage lung cancer – certainly for those in good general health and with CD4 counts above 200. HIV-positivity does also not usually preclude undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy in more advanced stages

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