Category Archives: Cancer

Vitamin D- The antidote for aches and pains from breast cancer treatment?

Kate O’Rourke writing in Pain Medicine News  reported on a study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  Researchers stated, “High-dose vitamin D is effective at combating joint pain, a common side effect of aromatase pink-ribbon-breast-cancer-awarenesstherapy used to treat breast cancer.

The lead researcher Dr. Qamat Khan at the University of Kansas Medical Center stated, “50% of breast cancer patients taking aromatase inhibitors report musculoskeletal pain.”arimidex

While the exact mechanism remains unknown, ” estrogen deprivation may play a role.”

In addition to pain relief, patients also reported an improvement in fatigue with the vitamin D therapy.vitamin-d-capsules

This news is important since so many patients suffer from this syndrome.

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Do anti TNF drugs cause cancer?

One major concern that patients have when they are told they need to go on a TNF inhibitor for their arthritis is, “Does this drug increase my chance of getting cancer?anti-tnf-drugs

My response is this, “Rheumatoid arthritis, the disease itself, increase the likelihood of developing lymphoma.  It does not appear that TNF inhibitors increase the likelihood of getting lymphoma.  They do increase the risk of getting non-melanoma skin cancer.”

The relative risks of melanoma and lymphoma are not increased with TNF inhibitors compared with just using non-biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs.

However, with prior melanoma, there is an increased incidence of recurrence of the melanoma with metastases.

This data from a large meta-analysis (Mariette X, et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2011; 70:1895-1904).

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