HIV-infected People More Likely to Go Untreated for Cancer, Penn Study


July 1, 2014

A new study from researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center found that HIV-positive patients are more likely to go untreated for cancer, reports Newsweek. HIV-infected people with lymphoma, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer were almost twice as likely to be untreated for cancer, while those with early-stage cancers were up to four times more likely to be untreated. “The results of this study are very concerning and require further investigation to understand why such a substantial proportion of HIV-infected cancer patients are not undergoing life-saving treatment,” said lead author Gita Suneja, MD, an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Radiation Oncology. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, was also covered by HealthDay News.

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