There is a slight increase in lymphomas in people on either 6-MP or Azathioprine and Remicade. The incidence is still very low, but the newest recommendation from the "experts" is to try to come off the immunosuppressant if possible. My doctor gave me the choice, and I'm trying to come off, but if I flare will go back on Azathioprine. I know I have 0% chance of a decent life in flare, so I'll take the tiny chance of lymphoma.
My GI has told me my risk for colon cancer is probably not increased because my UC is limited to the left side. But if he ever finds any sort of dysplasia, my colon will be coming out. I already have a family history of colon cancer.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off.
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.