Malaria drugs cut cancer risk in lupus patients

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dbab
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   Posted 7/20/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Good news for us Plaquenil users... we can all use some (good news that is :-) )
 
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070719/hl_nm/malaria_drugs_cut_cancer_risk_lupus_patie_dc_1
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okie
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   Posted 7/20/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Wow Des that's pretty amazing statistics there. Wouldn't that be somthing if us lupies were responsible for curing cancer???????? redface You're right we can all use some good news. Thanks for sharing there hun.

 

love ya

carol

I knew I was gonna have to go back one day and put des instead of bab's because how close your screen name is to bab's lol


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hippimom2
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   Posted 7/21/2007 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing that. Yes, we can use all the good news we can get. Finally a lupus med with some positive side effects :)
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   Posted 7/21/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Des,

I think that is such good news. I've been told by doctors that I'm cancer-prone because I've had two separate malignancies over the years and so did my dad, and I've read that taking immunosuppressants can increase one's chances of getting cancer. So it's always on the back off my mind. That articles eases my mind. Thanks for sharing it!

Pat
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   Posted 7/21/2007 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
---Des---- You made my day, making the glass half full, at least for today; Thanks love!!
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   Posted 7/22/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea! I knew the plaq was good, but that's great. Now I won't be so scared when my throat or gi acts up. Isn't it funny how these old "close to nature" drugs keep proving again and again that they are as beneficial or more so than all that new stuff they crank out every year.
Love, Marji
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dbab
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   Posted 7/22/2007 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, its so nice to hear things like this especially because people tend not to treat themselves because of the fear of meds which most of them do cause problems. But good ol' Plaquenil holding try and true through all these decades and possibly minimizing the chances of cancer is wonderful to hear!!
"Des"
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smokeyswife
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   Posted 7/23/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Des. I have wondered and worried about this since I found out I have Lupus. Does this mean that everyone with Lupus should be talking to their Rheumy and request to be put on this drug? Does it take years for cancer to develop in people who are on Plaquenell? Should I be calling my Rheumy and asking to be put on this drug?
 
I just saw him on Thursday. I don't see him again for another 6 months. But if this is something that should be done then I will call him and request an appointment to disscuss this with him.
 
Sorry for all the questions, this just has me thinking really hard.
Connie
 
 
 
 
diagnosed with RSD in March of /03, diagnosed with Lupus in Sept./06.
Taking Methotrexate, Plaquenell, Folic Acid, Synthroid,Prednisone, Pantoloc, Singulair, Tramadol, OxyCodeine and extra Strength tylenol when needed,and Zytram.


Lynnwood
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   Posted 7/23/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Connie,

I don't think I understand your question. From your signature, you are already taking Plaquenil, which is the malaria drug the article is talking about.

There is not an increased risk of cancer for people who have lupus, nor for people who are on plaquenil.

The article just says if you happen to be taking plaquenil, it looks like it may decrease your chances of getting cancer. Nothing about if you aren't taking it you should be....

If you still have a question, please post again, Thanks

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dbab
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   Posted 7/23/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually, this is the first I've heard of this study and the results. I just happened to come across it and was very pleased to read it because I worry about taking my meds and what the overall long term effects will be. I think that some docs believe that all Lupus patients should be on Plaquenil but I know that all do not and some even suggest going a natural route but that decision should be made between you and your doctor. Of course there are risks with Plaquenil just like any other drug but many do say that its the safest Lupus medication to treat mild to moderate Lupus or as a additional med to take with your more aggresive type medications like immunosuppressants when your Lupus is more severe. Many docs and researchers believe that it slows down the progression of the disease and it helps keep people in remission. Of course, this is all things I have heard and I cannot offer an expert opinion. All I know is that I feel much better pain wise and fatigue wise since it built up in my system. That and this article makes me believe that its the best med for ME.

Take Care


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smokeyswife
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   Posted 7/24/2007 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Lynwood. I am sorry. I misunderstood the article. I thought that it was telling us that if we used plaquenell that we had a higher chance of getting cancer then if we didn't use that drug. Thanks for clearing it up for me. Sorry if I confused you.

 

Connie


 
 
 
 
diagnosed with RSD in March of /03, diagnosed with Lupus in Sept./06.
Taking Methotrexate, Plaquenell, Folic Acid, Synthroid,Prednisone, Pantoloc, Singulair, Tramadol, OxyCodeine and extra Strength tylenol when needed,and Zytram.

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