Do tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors increase the risk of malignancy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In a systematic review and meta-analysis reporting on the risk of malignancy in patients with RA treated with TNF inhibitors, the data reviewed showed that these agents did not increase the risk of malignancy, particularly lymphoma; however, they did appear to increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. [127]


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