May #123 : The Topic of Cancer - by Laura Whitehorn

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Table of Contents
 
One Tough Pirate



Seeing the Future

Mentors-May 2006

Medicine Men




Custom Care

Early Birds

Simply Irresistible

The Topic of Cancer

Sow Your Oats

Trainer’s Bench-May 2006

Hustle and Flow

Animal Attraction

Purrrfect Health

Women on Top

PEP Rally

POZ Personals Catch of the Month-May 2006

First Aid for Your Medicaid

Shall We Dance?




A Will & Grace-full Exit?

Ratings for a Serial Virus

Squeaky Clean?

Prescription For Change

Bono’s Red Alert

One Hot ASO

Banned Aid

It’s Not You; It’s Me

Near Dead Again




Editor's Letter-May 2006

Mailbox-May 2006



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV



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May 2006


The Topic of Cancer

by Laura Whitehorn

Staying on HIV meds during treatment for lymphoma increases your chance of surviving the cancer, reports a small study in the April 1 issue of the journal Cancer. Before HIV combo therapy was around to boost immunity and permit aggressive chemotherapy, non-Hodgkins lymphoma was a frequent cause of  AIDS-related death. Now, while rates of the cancer among positive people have remained around 4% (risk is not linked to T-cell count), it has become more treatable. By 2003, the survival rate for positive people reached 60% (up from 20–40%, depending on the type of tumor). The Cancer study found that those who took HIV combos during chemo saw remission and survival  rates climb to 79%, a figure comparable to that of negative people. It also found that HIV meds don’t significantly worsen chemo side effects. OK, we’ll take it.   


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