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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.

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Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
Dr. Christopher Kovanda
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Be VERY careful

Are you sure you need this? It makes skin cancers more frequent & more aggressive.

In brief: Be VERY careful

Are you sure you need this? It makes skin cancers more frequent & more aggressive.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes but

You have to be monitored for side effects while on this med.

In brief: Yes but

You have to be monitored for side effects while on this med.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dr. Robert Jackson
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