Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Kaposi's Sarcoma Treatment

Treatment for Kaposi's sarcoma skin tumors usually includes highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), in order to control the HIV infection. Additional treatment for Kaposi's sarcoma may include cryotherapy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, interferon, and topical medications.

Treatment options for Kaposi's sarcoma skin tumors include:

Kaposi's Sarcoma Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for Kaposi's sarcoma.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Kaposi's Sarcoma Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Kaposi's sarcoma:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Kaposi's Sarcoma References
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