Association of Kaposi's sarcoma with second primary malignancies possible etiopathogenic implications Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • DNA Methylation
  • Exons
  • Gene Silencing
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • The association of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) with second primary cancers, especially of the lymphoreticular system, has been frequently noted. To confirm these reports in a systematic way, data on a series of 92 patients with KS treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) 2949-1975 were subjected to extensive statistical analysis. Use was made also 4517 double primaries including all sites, diagnosed at MSKCC 1949-1974, and 1959 simultaneous double primaries from the Third National Cancer Survey. Some key results: (1) of KS patients had toher primary malignancies; (2) there was a 20-fold increase in the incidence of lymphoreticular malignancies after diagnosis of KS; (3) in the MSKCC series double primaries, lymphoreticular malignancies were involved in 8% of cases; for KS alone the corresponding figure was 58%. Our findings provide evidence in support of possible etiopathogenic mechanisms that may be involved in the natural course of KS.

publication date

  • January 1980



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1097-0142(19800315)45:6<1472::AID-CNCR2820450629>3.0.CO;2-A

PubMed ID

  • 6244084

Additional Document Info

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