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How do medications treat Kaposi sarcoma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are several types of medications that may be used to treat Kaposi sarcoma. Chemotherapy is one common treatment that can be administered in several ways. Chemotherapy drugs may be injected directly into the lesions or may be taken orally or intravenously. In all cases, these medications work by killing cancerous cells. Sometimes, biologic therapy is used to treat Kaposi sarcoma. This type of medication imitates certain chemicals found naturally in the body and encourages the immune system to destroy cancerous cells. For people with Kaposi sarcoma who also have AIDS, anti-HIV drugs and other antiviral medications may be helpful in preventing new lesions.

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