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Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Humira (adalimumab) is associated with an increased incident of infections.
You must be TB test negative and a negative screening test for heapatitis. There is a small long term risk of congestive heart failure, neurological problems and rarely lymphoma. Transplant drugs , not biologics are linked to increases risk of skin cancer after 5 years of use.

In brief: Yes

Humira (adalimumab) is associated with an increased incident of infections.
You must be TB test negative and a negative screening test for heapatitis. There is a small long term risk of congestive heart failure, neurological problems and rarely lymphoma. Transplant drugs , not biologics are linked to increases risk of skin cancer after 5 years of use.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Probably

If it was a small basal cell or squamous cell there is not likely to be a problem. I certainly would avoid injection in the area involved with the cancer, however. If you are getting chemo for melanoma, i would definitely discuss with your oncologist.
In any case, ask your prescribing doctor to be sure.

In brief: Probably

If it was a small basal cell or squamous cell there is not likely to be a problem. I certainly would avoid injection in the area involved with the cancer, however. If you are getting chemo for melanoma, i would definitely discuss with your oncologist.
In any case, ask your prescribing doctor to be sure.
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Ronald Shelton
Dermatology
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In brief: Humira (adalimumab) skin cancer

Many patients who have had a history of skin cancer are on humira (adalimumab).
As long as you don't have new developing skin cancers, the risk of not being on Humira (adalimumab) could be worse than taking the medication. Speak to both your dermatologist and doctor/rheumatologist.

In brief: Humira (adalimumab) skin cancer

Many patients who have had a history of skin cancer are on humira (adalimumab).
As long as you don't have new developing skin cancers, the risk of not being on Humira (adalimumab) could be worse than taking the medication. Speak to both your dermatologist and doctor/rheumatologist.
Dr. Ronald Shelton
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