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Dr. Walter Husar
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Immunosuppressive Therapy (Overview)

Immunosuppressive therapy is an immune system suppressor which is a kind of immune system affecting drug.


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What is immunosuppressive therapy?

What is immunosuppressive therapy?

Drugs turn off Immunity: Our immune system is our natural defense mechanism to foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Unfortunately, it also "defends" against foreign organs that are transplanted. We use a variety of drugs to suppress different portions of that complicated system - trying to prevent the organ from being rejected without incapacitating the rest of your defenses. ...Read more

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Dr. Walter Husar
67 doctors shared insights

Immunosuppressive Therapy (Overview)

Immunosuppressive therapy is an immune system suppressor which is a kind of immune system affecting drug.


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Immunosuppressive therapy - does it work for all kinds of arthritis?

Immunosuppressive therapy - does it work for all kinds of arthritis?

No: Immunosuppressive therapy is not used for osteoarthritis which is the most common type of arthritis. At least at this point, the factors that lead to osteoarthritis seem to be more degenerative in nature than autoimmune. Overactive immune systems play the major role in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus and others. ...Read more

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Which cancers can occur as an adverse effect of immunosuppressive therapy?

Which cancers can occur as an adverse effect of  immunosuppressive therapy?

Skin and lymphoma: Skin cancer is already at an epidemic rate - immunosuppression increases that risk. The longer you take immunosuppression, the greater the risk of skin cancer. All immunosuppressed patients should have an annual skin check by a knowledgeable provider. By 5 years, 50% of australian patients had skin cancers (due to intense sun and very light skin). Lymphoma is second most frequent. ...Read more

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Which cancer is most likely as an adverse effect of long term immunosuppressive therapy?

Lymphoma: Tumors of the lymphoid system, lymphomas are the commonest tumors associated with immune suppression. ...Read more

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What is immunosuppressive therapy?

Drugs turn off Immunity: Our immune system is our natural defense mechanism to foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Unfortunately, it also "defends" against foreign organs that are transplanted. We use a variety of drugs to suppress different portions of that complicated system - trying to prevent the organ from being rejected without incapacitating the rest of your defenses. ...Read more

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What constitutes immunosuppressive therapy?

What constitutes immunosuppressive therapy?

Prednisone and: Monoclonal antibodies such as enbrel, humors, cimzia (certolizumab pegol). It is used when the immune response is excessive and causes damage to the body. Auto immune disease. ...Read more

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Which cancers can occur as an adverse effect of immunosuppressive therapy?

Skin and lymphoma: Skin cancer is already at an epidemic rate - immunosuppression increases that risk. The longer you take immunosuppression, the greater the risk of skin cancer. All immunosuppressed patients should have an annual skin check by a knowledgeable provider. By 5 years, 50% of australian patients had skin cancers (due to intense sun and very light skin). Lymphoma is second most frequent. ...Read more

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Which cancer is most likely as an adverse effect of long term immunosuppressive therapy?

Lymphoma: Tumors of the lymphoid system, lymphomas are the commonest tumors associated with immune suppression. ...Read more

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Can aplastic anemia be cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Can  aplastic anemia be cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

In some cases: Yes, in some cases aplastic anemia can be treated very effectively with immunosuppressive therapy- drugs used include prednisone, Cyclosporine or atg (anti-thymocyte globulin). ...Read more

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Any one know of aplastic anemia being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Any one know of aplastic anemia being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Yes: Prognosis of aplastic anemia depends on age (younger is better) and the severity of the blood count abnormalities. While younger patients may be referred for stem cell transplant, older patients, perhaps those over 40, are given immunosuppressive therapy. Response rates are over 60% and durable remissions occur quite frequently. ...Read more