Tuesday, May 23, 2006



Rheumatoid Arthritis and the increased risk of cancer from certain drugs

Liz Szabo of USA today writes in a recent article about the increased risk of cancer from the drugs remicade and humira. Both drugs are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder and inflammatory disease. According to her headline, the additional cancer risk posed by the use of these drugs is small; for every 154 patients who take the drugs, 1 patient may develop cancer within six to twelve months. True, that's less than one percent and these drugs are truly needed by patients with rheumatoid arthritis, crohn's, and psoriasis. But here's to hoping that medical research can develop even better drugs to decrease the cancer risk. Because, personally, I'd hate to be the one out of 154 who wound up the unlucky lottery winner.



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