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How do other illnesses affect Kaposi sarcoma?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Other illnesses may cause a person to be more likely to develop Kaposi sarcoma in the first place, and certain illnesses may have a more severe affect on people with Kaposi sarcoma. Some types of Kaposi sarcoma are much more common in people with AIDS, so having HIV or AIDS may actually lead you to develop Kaposi sarcoma in the first place. In many people with Kaposi sarcoma, the immune system is weakened either by the cancer or by an underlying medical condition, so this may interfere with their bodies' ability to respond to illnesses. Illnesses may also have a more severe impact on people whose Kaposi sarcoma forms on internal organs like the lungs and digestive tract.

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