Radiotherapy of classic and human immunodeficiency virus-related Kaposi's sarcoma: Results in 1482 lesions

M. Caccialanza, S. Marca, R. Piccinno, G. Eulisse

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Abstract

Background: The lesions of the various forms of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), which are relatively radiosensitive, have been treated with different modalities of radiotherapy, with heterogeneous aims and results. Objective: To verify the effectiveness and safety of radiotherapy on a large number of lesions endowed (classic KS) with a prolonged follow-up. Methods: A retrospective study was done on 711 lesions of classic KS and 771 lesions of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related KS, treated with traditional X-ray therapy. Results: In classic KS, a cure rate of 98.7% resulted after 13.5 years from the end of radiotherapy. In three lesions (0.42%) in the same patient, an acute radiodermatitis occurred after traumatic action. In HIV-related KS, a complete remission was obtained in 91.43% of the lesions, partial remission in 6.74% and non-response in 0.51% at 1 to 46 months from the end of radiotherapy. Conclusion: Radiotherapy showed tobe a safe and effective method, with relevant importance in the therapeutic strategy of KS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-302
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Classic Kaposi's sarcoma
  • HIV-related Kaposi's sarcoma
  • Radio therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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