People with AIDS more likely to develop cancers, research says

May 24, 2010

The Washington Post

When science turned AIDS several years ago from a fatal disease to a chronic illness that often can be managed with drugs, patients and doctors breathed a sigh of relief.

Now they have a new worry.

As people live longer with the virus, they are becoming far more likely than the rest of the population to develop cancers that were not previously associated with AIDS, research has found. "We're seeing high rates of head and neck cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer and anal cancer," said John F. Deeken, the director of head and neck oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center... read more