A 38-year-old member asked:
is orencia (abatacept) a type of chemotherapy?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Devon Webster answered
21 years experience Medical Oncology
No: Orencia, or abatacept, is a medication that blocks t cells, which are part of your immune system. Orencia is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and is given intravenously. It can depress your immune system, but it is not the same as chemotherapy. I would call it an immunomodulatory drug.
Answered on Nov 21, 2018
Dr. PHILIP WALLER answered
32 years experience Rheumatology
No: It is not classified as a chemotherapy drug and should not be considered one. It works through a type of cell we all have in our body called t cells. It works with t cells in decreasing inflammation. There is much more to how the drug works but again it is not a chemotherapy agent.
Answered on Oct 10, 2018
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