AIDS-related tumors: integrating antiviral and anticancer therapy

Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2002 Mar;41(3):299-315. doi: 10.1016/s1040-8428(01)00165-2.


The introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has changed dramatically the landscape of HIV disease. Deaths from AIDS-related diseases have been reduced by 75% since protease inhibitor therapy and combination antiretroviral therapy came into use in late 1995. While KS is declining, the situation for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is more complex with a reduced incidence of primary central nervous system lymphoma, but a relative stability in the number of patients developing systemic NHL. AIDS-related NHL appears not to be markedly decreased by the introduction of HAART and it is the greatest therapeutic challenge in the area of AIDS oncology. The emphasis has now shifted to cure while maintaining vigilance regarding the unique vulnerability of HIV-infected hosts. Furthermore, also for the prolongation of the survival expectancy of these patients, other non-AIDS-defining tumors, such as Hodgkin's disease, anal, head and neck, lung and testicular cancer, and melanoma have been recently reported with increased frequency in patients with HIV infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / therapy
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anus Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Anus Neoplasms / therapy
  • Anus Neoplasms / virology
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, AIDS-Related / epidemiology
  • Lymphoma, AIDS-Related / therapy
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Neoplasms / virology*
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi / epidemiology
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi / therapy
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi / virology
  • Urogenital Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Urogenital Neoplasms / therapy
  • Urogenital Neoplasms / virology


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Antiviral Agents