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3 Years On Enbrel She Gets
I have been
using Enbrel for three years and developed aggressive lymphoma which was
diagnosed in February and I'm currently going through chemotherapy.
I can't help but suspect the Enbrel at least contributed to the
disease, especially since there is no history of cancer in my family
(except for one 85 year old aunt). The
Enbrel helped my arthritis, but I will never ever take another new wonder
drug — it just isn't worth it! -Cindy N.
Response: I’m so glad you
wrote, Cindy. I wonder if you
are one of the “statistically insignificant” number of lymphoma cases
reported to the FDA as possibly associated with Enbrel?
[See Enbrel and Remicade and
My own cancer
— though not a lymphoma type — was first detected a mere 23 days after
I started using Enbrel, so none of my doctors is willing to suggest an
association. [See Me,
My Enbrel, My Cancer: 91 days of coincidence.]
I don’t think
anyone can fault your determination not to ever take a new wonder drug.
My decision was not to stop taking Enbrel — indeed, now I’m
taking twice as much as I did! If
my cancer recurs, you can bet I’ll be quite loud about it.