Posted 8/20/2014 9:14 AM (GMT -7)
from humira's website safety info: "Cancer. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including HUMIRA, the chance of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. There have been cases of unusual cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults using TNF blockers. Some people have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death."
I know someone with Crohn's that developed this type of lymphoma last year taking humira alone. It is now considered terminal, as it has spread to his brain and spine. He is 26 and they don't know how much longer he has. I would never dismiss the risks of drugs just because they are low risk. They are all real or they wouldn't report them. (it does sound as though the risk is higher in younger people.)
It is a very personal choice to use or not use a drug. Everyone feels differently about the weight of risks. That being said, it's important to remember the risks of any drug you take so you know to look for the symptoms and get help as soon as possible. I'm sure new risks will come out with this new drug over time like most drugs. I personally chose not to take Humira, and needed to have Jpouch surgery. I know others who have been on Humira for years and feel great. Personal preference, there is no right or wrong, just be informed.