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Kaposi's Sarcoma

Johns Hopkins hematologic oncologist, Richard Ambinder, M.D., is one of the world's leading experts on Kaposi's sarcoma and other AIDS-associated cancers.  Ambinder is director of the Division of Hematologic Malignancies at Johns Hopkins and leads a team of world-reknowned experts in blood and bone marrow cancers. 

About Kaposi's Sarcoma

Kaposi's sarcoma is a disease in which cancer cells are found in the tissues under the skin or mucous membranes that line the mouth, nose, and anus. This disease causes red or purple patches on the skin and/or mucous membranes and spreads to other organs in the body (lungs, liver, etc).

Risk Factors

Although Kaposi's sarcoma occurs, usually, in older men of Jewish, Italian, or mediterranean heritage, studies have shown that this disease grows faster in patients who have AIDS.

Diagnostic Tests

If a patient shows signs of Kaposi's sarcoma, a doctor will examine the skin and lymph nodes to see if the lymph node's structure is altered.