Had cancer stage 1 going into 2 22 years ago and are at very high risk of breast cancer scared to go on a biologic for my crohns.. can't get Doctors to really tell me my risk level.. had surgery 8 years ago in my illiem and it was removed.. just got crohns back and it is not good in the resection area.. on steroids now IV in hospital but they are not sure about my long term treatment. I am just very unsure myself
I too had a resection. My Crohn's came back, lots of inflammation so my doctor put me on Humira and Methotrexate both can cause cancer but he said the low percent of getting it was worth it. Here I am today after taking those two drugs with Stage IV Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer. Went through hell and back with Chemo, neuropathy and a damaged heart, none of which I had before taking these drugs for 1 1/2 years. Importantly, I am currently in remission. I recently went to Stanford Medical Center and the doctor there with over 35 years of experience dealing with Crohn's said she would never recommend the drugs from the top two levels... only lower level to keep inflammation at bay - Mesalamine. Doctor also said level one is Humira and other drugs in that category; level two is remacade and other drugs in that category should not be taken within 5 years of remission... too risky. I recommend lots of homework be done before taking any cancer causing drug when crohn's is bad enough to have caused the need for surgery and resection. Our immune system is highly compromised at that point and can not be cured only suppressed. Hope this helps. Advocate for yourself and or with friends/relatives, ask lots of questions. Many doctors have little or no experience with this debilitating disease and prescribe drugs, drugs, drugs! Diet helps a lot.
- Humira Information for Consumers
- Humira Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Humira (detailed)
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