Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
192 Doctors are Online

Effect of cancer treatment on HIV - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Cancer
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 3393 Questions
User :   I am a 23 year old HIV+ mexican male, just about two weeks ago I noticed a painful lump under my left nipple. It's very sore to the touch and roughly the size of a dime. I had X-Rays done and am soon to have a biopsy. How likely are the chances that it is cancer and how will the cancer treatment affect my HIV
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
User :   ok
Doctor :   what does the doctor examining the lump suspects ?
User :   It's my partner
User :   we went today to have the ultrasound and an x-ray
User :   He said the doctor told him he didn't like the look of it and ordered the biopsy
Doctor :   ok
User :   we are both on atripla for our HIV
User :   the lump showed up less than two weeks ago
User :   it's painful to the touch and has grown
Doctor :   the chance of getting a malignancy in hiv infected is about 30 to 40 %
Doctor :   the site you are describing is very much unlikely site
Doctor :   and only biopsy can tell what it is
User :   What are the chances it's simple an infection of some sort of gland just below the nipple
User :   it's very sore
User :   just me simply rubbing my hand across his chest hurts him
Doctor :   infection is very much common in the Hiv infected and it would lead to a abscess formation
User :   so there is a chance it's just an abscess under the skin
Doctor :   abscess will not be asked for biopsy
Doctor :   it is to be a solid growth hence biopsy is asked
Doctor :   it can be a fungal infection are a tumorous growth or some thing else
Doctor :   getting biopsy will answer all this questions
User :   so the doctor would have known if it was just an abcess by looking at the ultrasound/x-ray
Doctor :   yes
User :   so the chances it is cancerous are high
User :   I tested positive in July 2009 and was negative May 2009 and Feb 2009. He tested positive three days before i did and has never been tested
Doctor :   ok
User :   would malignicy's show up for a newly diagnosed young adult
Doctor :   it is very unlikely tat the malignancy occurs that soon
User :   Or is it more common for it show up in longer infection. Could he have been infected for some time before his test in July?
Doctor :   there are many possibility and probability in Hiv infection. what exactly is happening and happened will only be confirmed by the diagnostic tests
Doctor :   is the biopsy been taken if so when are the results expected ?
User :   the ultrasound/x-ray was today the biopsy is to be taken tomorrow hopefully
Doctor :   ok
User :   I'm just worried if it is Cancer how the Chemo and radiation will affect his immune system and the antiretrovirals
User :   we rely on his income and I'm worried about losing hi
User :   m
Doctor :   sorry to say this HIV means human immune deficient virus, with the infection his immune status is been affected and it is gradually reducing
Doctor :   so only these type of problems are occurring
User :   we are both undetectable
User :   the meds are working
Doctor :   and the chemo and radio do not have any much significant effect on the immune or antiviral medications
Doctor :   do not worry in the initial stages the problem can be contained very much easily.
Doctor :   what exactly it is only the biopsy will tell
Doctor :   hope he gets it done quick
User :   would a tumor grow that rapidly
User :   my father had Tongue and throat cancer for three years before they found it
Doctor :   ok
User :   my partners grew in less than two weeks
Doctor :   i can understand what is going through your mind
Doctor :   but neither me nor the doctor who examined the lump cannot say specifically what it is unless a biopsy is made
Doctor :   infections and tumors can grow very rapidly
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor