AIDS Related Cancers, Symptoms and Causes
AIDS-related cancers are certain types of cancer that are more likely to occur in people who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). That's because the virus attacks and weakens the immune system, leaving the body vulnerable to a variety of life-threatening infections and cancers. As a result, common bacteria, yeast, parasites and numerous viruses that usually do not cause serious disease in people with healthy immune systems can cause AIDS related cancers and other fatal illnesses in people with AIDS.
At the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute, individuals with AIDS-related cancers are treated by a team of experts that includes specialists in medical oncology, infectious disease, surgical oncology, dermatology, gynecologic oncology, urology and radiation medicine. Our collaborative team provides comprehensive and compassionate care to treat, educate and support patients with AIDS-related cancers.
The most common types of AIDS-related cancers are:
- Kaposi's Sarcoma
- Lymphoma, especially Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and primary central nervous system lymphoma
- Invasive Cervical Cancer
Other types of AIDS-related cancers that may be more likely to develop in people with HIV infection are:
- Invasive anal cancer
- Hodgkin's disease (also known as Hodgkin's lymphoma)
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the mouth
- Cancer of the testicles
- Skin cancers
Clinical Trials for AIDS-Related Cancers
The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute offers a full array of clinical trials. The result of this research not only impacts survival, but also enhances the quality of life. Learn more about clinical trials for AIDS-related cancers.
Make an Appointment at Cancer Institute
The North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute makes it easy for you to take the first steps in ensuring the best cancer care for yourself and your family. Learn about the locations of our network of cancer diagnostic and treatment centers and hospitals.
Visit our cancer support group for meeting times and locations.
To learn more about the different types of cancer and treatment options, visit our Cancer Institute.