Kaposi’s sarcoma

A cancerous tumour arising from blood vessels, usually in the skin. Kaposi’s sarcoma usually only occurs in those people who have AIDS. The tumours, which consist of pinkishbrown raised areas or flat patches, can spread rapidly. They usually start on the feet and ankles, spread up the legs, and then appear on the hands and arms. Tumours can also affect the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, where they may cause severe internal bleeding. Skin lesions may be treated with radiotherapy. Anticancer drugs may be used for widespread skin disease or internal lesions.


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