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Is orencia (abatacept) a type of chemotherapy?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: No

Orencia (abatacept) is a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
It is not used to treat cancer.

In brief: No

Orencia (abatacept) is a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
It is not used to treat cancer.
Dr. Scott Diede
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