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Kaposi’s sarcoma can appear as spots, or lesions, on the skin, mucous membranes (the moist, inner lining of some organs and body cavities), lungs, and gastrointestinal tract (stomach and intestines).
Kaposi’s sarcoma is a type of cancer that is very common in people with AIDS. In the early 1980s, at the onset of the AIDS epidemic Kaposi’s sarcoma was one of the first recognized signs of HIV infection. Because of its early association with AIDS, some of the first AIDS patients in the US were treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering. AIDS-associated Kaposi’s sarcoma continues to be an area of clinical research at the Center.
Our investigators participate in national trials to improve the treatment of AIDS-associated Kaposi’s sarcoma, including studies sponsored by the AIDS Malignancy Consortium.