I've had lupus for 26 years now and been on all of the medications offered to treat lupus and RA. The only drug I've not taken has been Gold injections, which I've been told will not make a difference for me.
Anyway, I tested positive several years ago in my bone marrow biopsy for sign of MDS. Myleodysplastic Syndrome. I continued having issues and my Doctors continued to look at things. One year ago, almost to the day, I was told that I have T-Cell LGL Leukemia. It's a leukemia that is associated with RA and autoimmune disease.
I was on Cytoxan for a very long time and I'm currently taking MTX. Every drug we take to treat our disease can cause lymphoma and leukemia. Was my leukemia from my medications, I'm not sure. My oncologist told me that IF I went back on Cytoxan I WOULD end up with full blown MDS and would die within 2 yrs.
My leukemia type is a non curable one and most patients live 5-8 years, IF they don't die of an INFECTION sooner. Some live 10 years, we figure I've had mine for at least 2 may 3 years now. I've been on high dose steroids for 14 years as of June 1st. Honestly I'm not sure if my drugs caused cancer or my diseases.
Either way I have it and now I forge ahead deal and with it. If I can answer any other ?'s let me know. Hope I helped somewhat. Oh, there is another member who used to be here a lot who has taken all the same drugs I did and she has a form of lymphoma. She is currently doing chemo and hopes to not need a stem cell transplant.
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.