This rare skin cancer, kaposi sarcoma is also called Kaposi’s sarcoma because it was originally described by Moritz Kaposi, a Hungarian dermatologist in the year 1872. The viral cause for this rare skin cancer was discovered in 1994 as being the herpes virus infection.
Herpes is said to be responsible for all varieties of this rare skin cancer.
I’ve included a few karposis sarcoma photos as it a appears in some varieties.
Kaposi sarcoma appears as lesions or lumps that are usually raised and may be purple, red, black or brown.
Areas of the skin most often affected are the lower limbs, back, genitalia, face and mouth. It may sometimes look like a rash, usually on the soles of the feet.
The mouth is involved in about 30% of AIDS related kaposi sarcoma and it appears in the mouth first in 15% of AIDS related cases. The roof of the mouth is most often affected, then the gums.
The gastrointestinal tract could be commonly affected in those who have transplant or AIDS related kaposi sarcoma.
It may even appear without any skin involvement. This could cause weight loss, nausea/vomiting, pain, bleeding (through vomiting or bowel movements), diarrhea or intestinal obstruction.
This rare skin cancer could also involve the respiratory tract resulting in shortness of breath, fever, cough, coughing up blood or chest pain.
It is usually confirmed by a bronchoscopy and often biopsied.
In Europe and North America the karposi sarcoma herpes virus infection is transmitted through kissing and saliva. It can also be transmitted during organ transplants and, to a smaller degree, through blood transfusion
Kaposi’s sarcoma is not considered curable but the severity can be greatly lessened for many years through treatment.
This type of cancer is a result of a deficiency or suppression in the immune system.
In conventional medicine treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HART) has shown to shrink the kaposi lesions.
However with some people the lesions return after a number of years, especially when the HIV has not been completely suppressed.
I have no experience with this disease nor do I know anyone who has. In fact, I haven't had any experience with many diseases. Disease first attacks the most vulnerable organ or shall we say the weakest link.
I just know I have survived a lot, lot longer than doctors thought I would. I believe this has a lot to do with the lifestyle I have been living all these years.
I see my body as a whole.
All of the parts rely on each other to function properly. When I eat, I am not just feeding one part or another; my entire body benefits or suffers as a result. My immune system is either strengthened or weakened.
So what I've found is that when you do things to strengthen your immune system, you're strengthening your entire body and consequently you are guarding against all disease.
The medical profession sees kaposi sarcoma as being uncurable, so knowing that, why not see for yourself what a healthy lifestyle could do for someone with this disease. How about a cure ...or better quality of life without (or less) drugs?
There are macrobiotic counselors available all over the world and many people have been cured from, "uncurable ---no hope", diseases by alternative natural treatments such as you would find just south of the border in Mexico.
No matter the condition of anyone's health right now, you can start to improve it from any point ...beginning today!
I’ve had to be using a feeding tube for a number of years now and I’ve turned that into a positive thing.
WHAT AN ADVANTAGE I HAVE.
I just take really healthy things and put them in a Vita Mix, push them down my tube and don’t even worry how it may taste.
Don’t worry; you don’t have to do that to eat healthy. I know very well that good quality, healthy food tastes absolutely DELICIOUS.
Previous to the feeding tube I enjoyed the taste of it every day.
If you or someone you know experiences kaposi sarcoma then I strongly urge you to look into alternative/complementary medicine, even as you go through your conventional treatments. ……and HEY, some actually find a cure in alternative medicine when Western medicine offers little.
You can’t go wrong and you just may add some quality, time and positivity to your life.
Always, always consult with your medical professional as well as your alternative professional.
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Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
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