AIDS-associated cancer in developing nations
Otieno, Mwanda W.
Remick, Scot C.
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Purpose of review With the emergence of the highly active antiretroviral therapy era, It is apparent that the Incidence of Kapost sarcoma, in particular, and lymphoma In patients with AIDS is declining, especially In regions of the world where these regimens are routinely available. The burden of HIV infection and AIDS is greatest in the developing world, and no doubt neoplastic complications are increasingly encountered. The purpose of this review IS to highlight recent developments of this aspect of the AIDS epidemic in the developing world. Recent findings It was readily apparent that the Incidence of Kaposi sarcoma sharply increased after the onset of the AIDS epidemic in developing countries. By the end of the second decade of the epidemic, non-Hodgkin lymphoma is increasing in incidence and the natural history of Burkitt lymphoma is evolving in the backdrop of HIV infection as well. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women in many developing countries, yet the true impact of HIV infection on the development of this neoplasm is not tully understood. Squamous cell carcinoma of the conjunctiva appears to be a unique AIDS-associated neoplasm that is encountered in sub-Saharan Africa as well. Finally, although the epidemiologic and clinicopathologic features for many AIDS-associated neoplasms are well characterized in developing regions of the world, there is a paucity of data on the therapeutic approach to these tumors in this setting. Summary It is apparent that as the AIDS pandemic proceeds, the burden of neoplastic diseases is increasing in developing nations. Current therapeutic approaches are not well documented, Pragmatic prevention and therapeutic interventions suitable for the resource-constrained setting are clearly needed