A 26-YEAR-OLD-OLD MALE PATIENT WITH AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and diffuse Kaposi s sarcoma (KS) infiltration of both lungs received bilateral pulmonary irradiation. The patient received 1,600 rad in 10 treatments to the left lung, followed by a 2-week rest period, followed by 1,800 rad in 10 treatments to the right lung. He tolerated the treatments quite well, and demonstrated symptomatic improvement as well as radiographic improvement. This demonstrates both subjective and objective radioresponsiveness of Kaposi's Sarcoma in AIDS patients, and may be utilized as a consideration for palliative treatment of other patients with AIDS and KS.
From the Departments of Radiation Therapy, Beth Israel Medical Center, and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, City University of New York, New York.