Donate to AIDS-Related Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education
More than 30 million people worldwide are infected with the HIV virus. Given the development of new treatments, only a fraction of those individuals will develop full-blown AIDS, and only a fraction of those diagnosed with AIDS will develop AIDS-related cancers. Northwestern Medicine’s medical community classifies Kaposi sarcoma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and cervical cancer as AIDS-related cancers. Regardless of the cause or source, a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for both the patient and his or her loved ones.
Your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help specialists at Northwestern Medicine to continue to advance research and clinical trials aimed at developing new diagnostic and treatment options for people battling AIDS-related cancers.
Some symptoms of AIDS-related cancers include:
- Purple or brown spots inside the mouth or on the skin
- High fever
- Weight loss
- Swollen lymph glands
- Vaginal bleeding
While each of these symptoms alone does not necessarily mean an AIDS-related cancer diagnosis is imminent, specialists at Northwestern Medicine encourage full evaluation to pinpoint the cause of any symptoms. Blood tests and imaging are two diagnostic methods that physicians use to identify cancerous cells and any resulting tumors.
Treatments for AIDS-related cancers can differ as greatly as the cancers themselves. Depending on the type of cancer diagnosed, its stage and the patient’s overall health, a team of specialized oncologists will develop a comprehensive plan of treatment that may include chemotherapy and radiation therapy, as well as surgery to remove any tumors.
AIDS-Related Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Specialists at Northwestern Medicine are committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care to those affected by AIDS-related cancers, and your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help to advance this essential work.