Kaposi’s sarcoma is a type of skin cancer that grows from cells in the blood vessels. This disease usually takes the form of tumors on skin or on the mucosal tissues of mouth, nose, throat or other organs of the body. The tumor or patches are red or purple that is made up of cancer and blood cells. The tumor affected areas are known as lesions. Most often, the lesions appear on legs or face. Usually, Kaposi’s sarcoma causes no symptoms. This disease can be life-threatening when caused in lungs, liver or the digestive tract.
The signs and symptoms of Kaposi’s sarcoma include;
Kaposi Sarcoma is nearly an incurable disease but can definitely be controlled and monitored for many years. The treatment depends on the condition and how much the immune system is suppressed to cooperate with the medications prescribed to the number and location of tumors and the symptoms.
Kaposi Sarcoma treatment includes
Kaposi Sarcoma appears in people who are HIV positive and are AIDS patients. The causes include a strong link with people who have sexually transmitted viruses called human herpes virus 8. This accounts to being the root cause of Kaposi’s sarcoma.
To determine this disease, the following tests and procedures have to be done;
The preventive measures of this disease include;
The treatment cost depends on how soon this disease is detected. Usually, this disease shows unrecognizable symptoms but when detected early, needs early treatment and medications. This disease is associated with AIDS. Hence, a life-long treatment is needed for which a huge amount is required.
The side-effects of Kaposi’s sarcoma include blood in cough, shortness of breath if the disease is in the lungs. The treatment might also cause swelling of the leg and other infections.