Hi. I'm looking for a rheumatologist in the Los Angeles, CA area that specializes in treating cancer patients with autoimmune diseases.
Managing RA and colon cancer
I have RA x 17 years (I' 60) and diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic colon cancer one year ago. I am having a lot of RA pain since I stopped my RA meds (Cimzia
& Plaquenil) over a year ago upon my cancer diagnosis. My oncologists do not suggest I go back on a biologic/immunosuppressive drug because they feel that it allowed me to get stage 4 cancer in 3 years after an all clear colonoscopy. Chemo is designed to help your immune system to fight off the cancer. Biologics suppress/ block your immune system.
Seeking a new treatment option
I would like to find a treatment for RA other than ibuprofen and steroids that doesn't have a black box warning of "rare cancers" as a possible side effect. I'm considering going back on Plaquenil
? Any referrals or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.