HIV and AIDS-Related Cancer: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about HIV/AIDS-related cancers and how to treat them. To see other pages, use the menu.

Doctors are working to learn more about HIV/AIDS-related cancer, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with these diseases. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.

  • Combination therapies. Clinical trials are underway to study the effects of chemotherapy plus substances called colony-stimulating factors that help the body make white blood cells and antiretroviral therapy. The effect of high-dose therapy with stem cell transplantation is also being tested in clinical trials.

  • New therapies. Based on advances in understanding the biology of HIV/AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma, drugs called anti-angiogenics that block the formation of new blood vessels needed for a tumor to grow and spread, vitamin D and similar products, and a targeted therapy called imatinib (Gleevec) are being tested in clinical trials.

  • Palliative care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current cancer treatments to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.

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