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Overview

Anatomy of the Skin

The skin is the body's largest organ. It serves as a protective shield against heat, light, injury, and infection.

AIDS-Related Malignancies

People who have AIDS are much more likely to get certain types of cancer than people without the disease.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

Chest X-ray

A chest X-ray is used to examine the chest and the lungs and other organs and structures located in the chest.

Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Chest

CT/CAT scans are more detailed than standard x-rays and are often used to assess the organs of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and esophagus, for injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

Bronchoscopy

A brochosopy is a procedure in which a long, lighted scope is inserted into the lungs in order to examine the airways of the lungs and to assess lung function.

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a diagnostic procedure used to diagnose structural or functional abnormalities of the esophagus, stomach, and/or duodenum.

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy uses a small camera to examine the inside of the colon. It is typically used to screen for colon cancer, and to asses other injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

Biopsy

Detailed information on biopsy, including the most common types of biopsy such as endoscopic biopsy, bone marrow biopsy, excisional biopsy, incisional biopsy, fine needle aspiration biopsy, punch biopsy, shave biopsy, and skin biopsy

Deciding on Treatment

Surgery for Kaposi Sarcoma

Surgery works best if the cancer is confined to one area or a few specific places. The goal of surgery is to remove the existing cancer cells and, sometimes, nearby cells.

Managing Side Effects

Fatigue: Management

Fatigue can come and go or stay constant for a while. Fatigue from chemotherapy tends to occur a few days after the treatment, peaks, and then gets better before the next treatment. Fatigue from radiation may not happen right away.

Cancer FAQs

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