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Kaposi Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Kaposi Sarcoma

A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for each treatment section. For some types or stages of cancer, there may not be any trials listed. Check with your doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for you.

Classic Kaposi Sarcoma

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Treatment for single lesions may include the following:

Treatment for lesions all over the body may include the following:

Treatment for Kaposi sarcoma that affects lymph nodes or the gastrointestinal tract usually includes chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with classic Kaposi sarcoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Immunosuppressive Therapy–related Kaposi Sarcoma

Treatment for immunosuppressive therapy–related Kaposi sarcoma may include the following:

  • Stopping or reducing immunosuppressive drug therapy.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • Chemotherapy using one or more anticancer drugs.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with immunosuppressive treatment related Kaposi sarcoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Epidemic Kaposi Sarcoma

Treatment for epidemic Kaposi sarcoma may include the following:

  • Surgery, including local excision or electrodesiccation and curettage.
  • Cryosurgery.
  • Radiation therapy.
  • Chemotherapy using one or more anticancer drugs.
  • Biologic therapy.
  • A clinical trial of new drug therapy, or biologic therapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

Recurrent Kaposi Sarcoma

Treatment for recurrent Kaposi sarcoma depends on which type of Kaposi sarcoma the patient has. Treatment may include a clinical trial of a new therapy.

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent Kaposi sarcoma. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

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Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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