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Melanoma And Enbrel
Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.
Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk for certain cancers such as lymphoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, particularly if you are already fair skinned. Good sun block, wide brimmed hats, minimize sun exposure, etc. Your doctor should be able to discuss the relative risks of treatment of enbrel (etanercept). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have taken enbrel (etanercept) 50 mg sq x 10 weeks for RA + psoriasis. Ra barely better. Psoriasis worse. Would enbrel (etanercept) 2x per week help the psoriasis and RA or not?
Not knowable: I appreciate your concern, but this is the kind of data that can't be obtained by any means. Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunomodulator that may suppress the immune response which has a small impact on melanoma progress; it's also given for psoriasis in which the skin cancer risk is already up. It's worth the risk; do keep a close eye on your skin so that skin cancers get rx'd early & there' s no risk of death. ...Read more
Daughter on methotrexate and enbrel and indocin for JRA but hates getting shots every week. Could remicade (infliximab) be a better choice?
My child has JRA and failed merhotrexate alone, Enbrel and now highest remicade (infliximab) isn't controlling it anymore so what are orher possible meds?
See details: That question needs to be directed to the child's rheumatologist and not someone over the internet who has no history and cannot examine the child. ...Read more
Currently taking humira (adalimumab) for crohns. diagnosed with dvt after foot fracture and prescribed xarelto. aren't there bleeding risks with humira (adalimumab) injections?
If one has slow-growing metastatic breast cancer will the anti-cancer drugs make the cancer more aggressive?
Treatment: Does not alter biologic behavior. Mets are never good. Some argue to re-biopsy to recheck re-ceptors (er, pr her-2-neu): the cells that metastasize may be different from those at outset. Best gauge is time from DX to relapse for "slow". Bony only and er+ usually fit this pattern. Cytotoxic chemo does not change growth or met potential, but cancers themselves can mutate to more aggressive type. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there another way to treat my psoriasis from psoriatic arthritis? So far have tried uv therapy, low dose radiation treatment, methotrexate, humira, enbrel, halabetasol ointment, coal tar, hylatopic, and any other cream my dermatologist could think of.
Wow: You have been through a lot. I would try the mayo clinic in mn. ...Read more
RA + psoriasis. MTX allergy. Enbrel (etanercept) non effective. Humira semi-effective but Vectra score 30 with extreme fatigue. MD wants to try Xeljanz?
RA + psoriasis: There are a number of newer medications that could help you. Xeljanz works by disrupting cytokine and growth factor signaling pathways. A trial of the medication is useful to see whether it helps you. Other medications that might help include Remicade (infliximab) and Apremilast ...Read more
I have hep c, genotype 1 and take enbrel (etanercept) for my ra. Is the chance of worsening RA symptoms the only reason not to use peg-interferon treatment?
How serious is staphylococcal folliculitis for someone on methotrexate and remicade (infliximab)?
For rheumatologists, my mom's dr prescriped methotrexate, HQ, and prednisone plus Humira (adalimumab) q2wks for her RA..is that very strong drugs on her or normal?
"Normal" Combination: That is a reasonable combination.Get a more detailed answer ›
I take nabumetone, methotrexate, enbrel, plaquenil, vitamin d and folic acid for RA & dermatomyo. Which of these is making it difficult to lose wight?
Yes: Basal cell carcinoma is one o the most common malignancy in the us. Risk factors include uv radiation from sun exposure. This also increases your risk of melanoma. Make sure to get regular full body examinations from your dermatologist so any suspicious lesion can be caught early and biopsied. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have Crohn's disease & take cimzia (certolizumab pegol) injectables. It isnt taking care of all my symptoms. Is there another class of drug I can add with the cimzia (certolizumab pegol)?
6MP , MTX: The medications that can be used with Cimzia (certolizumab pegol) most commonly include 6mp - azathiorine or Methotrexate (in addition to Mesalamine / steroids). Natalizumab is an other biologic that can be used in those where anti-tnfs (like cimzia) fail, but they are not used together. ...Read more
Ciii ovarian cancer in 06, 1212, surgery and chemo paxitaxtel/carboplatin. In remission. Recurrence treated with tamoxifen, carboplatin alone, abraxan, then topotacan to no avail. Which chemo next?
Many options: Choosing chemo depends on many factors, so only your doctor can decide what might work for you. Drugs you haven't mentioned include altretamine, capecitabine, cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) vinorelbine, ifosfamide, etoposide, and irinotecan. There are also several hormonal agents. And a clinical trial might be an option. Check out www.Cancer.Gov for more info. And good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer