HIV-infected patients less likely to get cancer treatment

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – HIV-infected cancer patients are much less likely to receive treatment for tumors than people who don’t have the virus, a large U.S. study suggests. Researchers reviewed national cancer registry data on more than 2.2 million adults, including about 10,000 who also had HIV, to see how often people received radiation, surgery or medications to attack tumors. The HIV-infected patients were more than twice as likely as people without the virus to have received none of these treatments for tumors of the lung, breast, prostate, cervix, and upper gastrointestinal tract, the study found.
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