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Lymphoma Risk Remains Elevated

A complication of rheumatoid arthritis that doesn’t appear to be decreasing… next

Rheumatoid Arthritis:   Lymphoma Risk Remains Elevated Despite Changing Treatment

Reported in Unavadis, a large study of Swedish health registry data indicates that lymphoma risk remains elevated among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), despite evolution of treatment. Treatment advances for RA do not appear to have affected lymphoma risk. Records from 12,656 patients with RA from the Swedish Rheumatology Register linked to Swedish Cancer Register were compared with control patients for lymphoma incidence over time.

Comment: Disturbing since I would expect our newer treatments to decrease lymphoma risk.

Biologics For RA Don’t Increase Cancer Risk

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Biologics For RA Don’t Increase Cancer Risk.

Charles Bankhead writing in Medpag Today reported on a study that showed “Treatment with biologic response modifiers did not predispose patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to an increased risk of cancer.  This was an analysis, of clinical trials involving almost 30,000 patients.” Investigators found that “patients treated with biologic agents, either alone or in combination with methotrexate, had cancer rates similar to the 0.66% observed among patients in the control groups.

Definitely, comforting news although I think we need to keep an eye on the situation.  What happens long term.  I have a son and sister who have been on biologic therapy and I do worry.

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