AbstractPatients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjogren’s syndrome (SS), and inflammatory myositis are at increased risk of developing malignancies. Treatment of these conditions, including disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic therapies, are also associated with increased risk of malignancies.Cancer adds to the disease burden in these patients, affecting their quality of life and life expectancy. The decision in choosing immunosuppressive agents in these rheumatic diseases should take into account the disease severity, expectation for disease control, comorbidities, as well asthe side effects including risks of cancer.This article does not include the risk of malignancy in patients with the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, which are well-recognized paraneoplastic conditions.
Hong Kong Bulletin on Rheumatic Diseases – de Gruyter
Published: Dec 30, 2016
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