It was previously thought that people with rheumatoid arthritis could have a higher risk for cancer, but now it is thought that some cancers could be at a lower risk.
Many people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been told they are at a higher risk for cancer because of the disease and the treatments, such as biologics and immunosuppressants, they undergo.
But what these patients, and perhaps even their doctors, didn’t know until recently is that cancer medications may cause RA, too.
There’s been a long-known link between cancer and RA. Typically, the risk has been presented that RA patients face an elevated risk for cancer, but not the other way around.
A recent study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Disease recommends that oncologists should now monitor cancer patients who are undergoing immunotherapy treatments because those therapies may put patients at higher risk for developing RA.
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