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AIDS-Related Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 04/11/2014

Treatment Option Overview

The treatment of patients with AIDS-related lymphomas presents the challenge of integrating therapy appropriate for the stage and histologic subset of malignant lymphoma with the limitations imposed by HIV infection, which to date is a chronic incurable illness.[1] In addition to antitumor therapy, essential components of an optimal non-Hodgkin lymphoma treatment strategy include the following:[2]

  • Highly active antiretroviral therapy.
  • Prophylaxis for opportunistic infections.
  • Rapid recognition and treatment of intercurrent infections.

Patients with HIV positivity and underlying immunodeficiency have poor bone marrow reserve, which compromises the potential for drug dose intensity. Intercurrent opportunistic infection is a risk that may also lead to a decrease in drug delivery. Furthermore, chemotherapy itself compromises the immune system and increases the likelihood of opportunistic infection.

References
  1. Levine AM: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related lymphoma: clinical aspects. Semin Oncol 27 (4): 442-53, 2000.  [PUBMED Abstract]

  2. Tirelli U, Bernardi D: Impact of HAART on the clinical management of AIDS-related cancers. Eur J Cancer 37 (10): 1320-4, 2001.  [PUBMED Abstract]