i went to the dr in august 2006 askign for surgery and my GI talked me into remicade. Stupidest thing i ever did. It worked for about 3 months then after that didnt at all and even while it was workign i was always waiting on it to fail. In april 2007 i had surgery and i really wish i would not have let the dr talk me into trying the remicade in the first place cause i wasted alot of time on a med that didnt work and is really dangerous, esp since my grandfather died of lymphoma, family history and all that.
THat being said, the cancer risk is small, and remicade does help lots of people reach remission, and the infusions aren't hard and it doesnt hurt or anything. Its just boring, i always got sleepy just from sitting there for a long time. I cant take benadryl so i would take a zyrtec or something before hand and a tylenol.
It did start working right away, i got put in the hospital to get it the first time and about 3 days later i was showing improvement.
But in my case surgery was the best thing i ever did.
If you are in really bad shape you might think about trying the remicade to get you in better health before surgery, it will be easier on you the better health you are in .
good luck with whatever you decide!