Do anti-TNF-α drugs increase cancer risk in rheumatoid arthritis patients? Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Concern has been raised about an increased risk of lymphoma and skin cancers in patients with rheumatoid arthritis due to administration of anti-TNF-α drugs. Meta-analysis of observational data from registries as well as from randomized controlled trials has failed to show a significant increase in the risk of lymphoma when the sample size has been sufficiently large; skin cancer risk may represent a valid concern. Issues relating to interpretation of these data are discussed.

publication date

  • April 2013