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How is Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) treated?

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Kaposi's sarcoma is a type of cancer. It’s most often caused by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Your treatment will depend on how many skin lesions you have and how big they are and where they are, as well as how well your immune system is working.

In many cases, antiviral medication is the best way to treat active Kaposi's sarcoma. It may even clear up the skin lesions. If you have just a few, you could have them removed. That won't cure you, but it can make your skin look better. Your doctor can cut the tissue out or freeze it to destroy it.

Radiation can kill the cancer cells or keep them from growing. A machine can direct it toward your body, or your doctor may put radioactive needles, seeds, or wires inside you near the cancer.

From: What Is Kaposi's Sarcoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Kaposi Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ)–Patient Version."

American Cancer Society: "Kaposi Sarcoma."

AIDS Treatment Data Network: "KS (Kaposi's Sarcoma)."

New Mexico AIDS Education & Training Center: "Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on December 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Kaposi Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ)–Patient Version."

American Cancer Society: "Kaposi Sarcoma."

AIDS Treatment Data Network: "KS (Kaposi's Sarcoma)."

New Mexico AIDS Education & Training Center: "Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on December 16, 2018

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