Diagnosed with CD in 1994;
Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.
It is good to hear from all of all !!!
A little while ago, I read from this Crohn's forum that a member was diagnosed of small bowel cancer possibly due to the use of Remicade. But he maintained that the benefit from the drug outweigh its risk.
Other than that, I rarely see people diagnosed of bowel cancers due to Crohn's Disease. Do you?
Yes, small bowel cancer is rare, but Crohn's patients have a 40-60 fold increase of risk as compared with the general population. It is extremely difficult to diagnise small bowel cancers (not with colonoscopies). As I know, most of the small bowel cancer patients cannot live more than 6 months after diagnosis.
Crohn's patients only have slightly increased risk of colon cancer than the general population. And the prognosis is better for colon cancer patients.
A little while ago, there was a member here. I do not remember his name (maybe Mike). He reported that he was diagnosed of small bowel lymphoma, possibly related to the use of Remicade. He then said he was treated successfully of the lymphoma and he maintained that the benefit of the drug still outweighs its associated risk.
The reason that I brought up this thread is to find out if there are other incidences of small/large bowel cancers reported on this forum. I would like to find out how serious the issue is among Crohn's community.