Cancer and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Xerxes Pundole, Maria E. Suarez-Almazor

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Management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients with cancer is complex and requires a multidisciplinary approach. A few studies have examined the risk for recurrence in patients with RA receiving disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, primarily tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitors. Although these agents seem to be safe in patients with a history of cancer and no evidence of disease, additional information is needed to determine their potential effects in patients with RA and active cancer. Patients with RA undergoing cancer therapy, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy, need to be carefully monitored because they are at increased risk for adverse events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-462
Number of pages18
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • Biologic therapy
  • Cancer
  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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