crohns and cancer

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   Posted 8/14/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
we were asked today if they could test his blood again to make sure he didnt have cancer, is that common with kids with crohns

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   Posted 8/15/2009 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
A lot of the Crohn's treatments can increase a person's risk for cancer. I'm on azathioprine (Imuran) and am checked every 6 weeks -- it's pretty routine.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22.
Currently taking: Azathioprine, tramadol, welchol, promethazine
Surgeries: Cholecystectomy (2007)

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   Posted 8/15/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
As onedaymore says it is very common when Crohns patients are on certain medications to have their levels checked at certain intervals. It really isn't checking so much for cancer, but seeing if the patient is having any kinds of reactions to the medications. Cancer is possible with Crohns, but not that common.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 8/15/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
you are at more of a risk..i took Imuran in the past..but no one ever checked my blood but a few times...but being at risk..doesn't mean you will necessarily get it..i will pray everything goes okay for you
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