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HIV and Cancer

HIV and cancer-related research is an important part of research at Yale Cancer Center and brings together researchers across disciplines. As the survival of people living with HIV increases, non-AIDS defining cancers have become a leading cause of death. Lung cancer has a relative risk that is 3-fold higher among people with HIV than in the uninfected population, and often presents with more advanced disease and carries a worse prognosis. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality among people with HIV. In collaboration with the Cancer Immunology Research Program, and Yale SPORE in Lung Cancer, a group of researchers are focused on elucidating pathogenesis of cancer incidence and prognosis among people living with HIV.

Current Investigators looking at HIV and cancer-related research at Yale:

Kathleen Akgun, MD