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Patients with AIDS already have a weakened immune system and some treatments for lymphoma could cause further damage.  AIDS patients with AIDS-related lymphoma will receive lower doses of drugs than those patients who do not have AIDS.  Patients with AIDS-related lymphoma will show a much faster progression of the disease and is more likely to spread to other parts of the body.  It can be much harder to treat and some medicines used for treatment can cause further damage to the immune system.

There are three main types of treatment for AIDS-related lymphoma.  Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant are the main three.  There are other treatments that are in clinical trials and if you have AIDS-related lymphoma, you may want to consider trying to get into one of those trials.

Chemotherapy is drugs designed to stop the growth of cancer cells either by killing them, or preventing them from dividing and multiplying.  Chemotherapy can be injected in the veins or can be taken by mouth.  The drugs then enter the bloodstream so they can reach any cancer cells throughout the body.  Chemotherapy drugs can be placed directly into the spine or another organ of the body to treat cancer cells in that area.  This is called intrahecal chemotherapy.  A combination of drugs can be used in chemotherapy using more than one anticancer drug.  Your doctor will decide if this treatment is what you need according to what stage your cancer is in.

Did You Know? 

The AIDS epidemic is a horrible disease but it has given us a silver lining. Scientists and researchers have a new awareness of how important the immune system is to our body. The public knows about the immune system and cares about the health of lymph nodes, vessels, and the rest of the system. Because there is a new awareness of the importance of the immune system, more research has been done on how to build it up so it can fight the advances of AIDS.

People are aware of the danger of infectious diseases and are taking steps to stay healthier. They are eating healthier diets, exercising, and taking better care of their bodies. The medical community has focused on researching vaccines and cures but has failed to explore the possibilities of bolstering the immune system. The best defense we have against infection is our body. The tragedy of that fact is that most drugs have serious side effects and only prolong life for a few more months.

Strengthening the body’s immune system is our best defense against opportunistic infections. One way to do that is to use homeopathy medicine. There is not one treatment or drug that will help every HIV infected person, but homeopathy is helping people with various stages of the disease. This is a different way of looking at the disease. Instead of fighting the pathogens that cause the disease through conventional drug treatment, doctors are looking at alternative and complimentary ways of treating patients with HIV or AIDS.

Doctors in the Netherlands are supporting the use of homeopathic medicine in treating AIDS patients. Natural therapies, and alternative methods of treatment cannot only prolong the life of the AIDS patient, it can improve the overall quality of life they have. They do not provide a cure.

Radiation therapy is another form of therapy.  High-energy x-rays or other forms of radiation are directed to a particular spot in the body where the cancer cells are found.  There is external radiation that uses a machine that beams the rays into the body, and there is internal radiation therapy.  This therapy places a radioactive substance directly into the body near the cancer or directly into the organ it is affecting.  The radiation you will be given will be chosen and determined by which stage of the cancer your body is in. 

High dose chemotherapy with a stem cell transplant is one of the most extreme treatments used for AIDS-related lymphoma.  This method of treatment gives high doses of chemotherapy drugs and then replacing blood-forming cells that were destroyed by the treatment.  Stem cells can be taken from the patient or received from a donor.  These stem cells are frozen and stored until the patient needs them.  When the chemotherapy is completed, the stem cells are unfrozen and given back to the patient through an infusion.  These stem cells then grow into mature blood cells.


AIDS Facts

Since the disease was first discovered in 1981, there have been over 60 million people all around the world that have been infected with the HIV virus.

It has also taken the lives of more than 20 million people, many who live in underdeveloped countries, especially in parts of Africa.

There are many other treatments that are in clinical trials.  One of those is the monoclonal antibody therapy.  This treatment uses laboratory-developed antibodies from one single immune system cell.  These are given by infusion and they attach to the cancer cell.  They can kill the cancer cells, stop them from growing, or keep them from spreading to other areas of the body.


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HIV and AIDS Information and Resources
World Health Organization’s AIDS Staging
History of AIDS Looking Closer at the HIV Virus and AIDS
Living With HIV and AIDS
Know the Basics about AIDS
What are the Causes of AIDS
Homeopathic Ways of Treating the AIDS Patient
AIDS and the Nervous System
Options If You Are HIV Positive
The AIDS Patient and Opportunistic Infections
Advanced Signs of the HIV Virus
Tests For the HIV Virus
Other Health Concerns For The AIDS Patient
Prayer And Spirituality Used In The Treatment Of AIDS
How To Prepare For Your AIDS Medical Appointment
Aids and Viral Complications
Parasitic Infections Common to HIV Patients
AIDS Related Lymphoma
Treating AIDS Related Lymphoma
Serious Complications Associated With The HIV Virus
White Blood Cells And AIDS
Neurological Complications Associated with AIDS
What To Do If You Think You Might Have Aids
New Developments In AIDS Research
Coping With Your AIDS Diagnosis
The Symptoms of HIV Infection
Education Is The Key To Stopping the AIDS Epidemic
The Emphasis Must Be On Prevention for HIV and AIDS
AIDS Medical Terms
Take An Active Role In Your AIDS Medical Treatment
Reducing The HIV Risk Factors
Keeping A Positive Outlook For AIDS Patients
Acupuncture To Relieve The Side Effects Of AIDS Treatment
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Treat AIDS
AIDS Patients Are In It For Life
Basic AIDS Information
Do You Need To Let Everyone Know That You Are HIV Positive
Important Vitamins and Minerals for a Person with HIV
Treatments Available for the Patient with HIV or AIDS
Ways You Cannot Get The HIV Virus
Treatments Available for the HIV Positive Woman
Understanding the Basics of HIV
The United States AIDS Policy
Treatment Guidelines for the AIDS Patient
Treating Serious Illnesses in The AIDS Patient
HIV Transmission
How The HIV Virus Progresses
The Fear the AIDS Stigma Brings
I Tested Positive For the HIV Virus: What Now
How To Tell Other People You Are HIV Positive
Facts And Myths Regarding HIV Transmission
Some Recent Advances In The Fight Against AIDS
Preventive Measures You Can Take Concerning HIV Infection
Dates In AIDS History
The Impact of AIDS On MSM, Men Who Have Sex With Men
Dealing With Malnutrition For The HIV Infected Person
Know Your Personal HIV Risk Factors
Keeping Yourself AIDS Free
Are Condoms Effective As Protection Against AIDS Transmission
Juicings Possible Benefits To The Person With HIV
What Are The Initial Signs and Symptoms of HIV Infections
Five Classes of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating AIDS
Dietary Needs And The HIV Patient
Misconceptions About AIDS
Oh No I have AIDS
The Staggering AIDS Statistics
Exercise May Boost Your Imune System
Aids And The Toll On Families
Immunization Needs For Adult AIDS Patients
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: The Basic Facts
Is There A Silver Lining in The Cloud of AIDS
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