View Full Version : Chemotherapy and Lupus Patients

08-19-2008, 06:16 AM
I recently read an article about a girl who is taking chemotherapy for her Lupus. She didn't give specifics, how it was helping, etc. Has anyone ever heard of taking chemotherapy for Lupus patients :?:

08-19-2008, 12:37 PM
Yes, Swear -
Chemotherapy, or DMARD, or immunosuppresive drug, or steroid sparing drugs....all the same pretty much...All are used very often in lupus.
Usually, it is oral chemotherapy, which can be referred to as "gentle chemo" and does not have as many side effects as IV chemo.
The purpose is to slow down the immune system (and/or reproduction of cells) in order to slow down the disease process.
The most common used are methotrexate, Imuran, cellcept, cytoxan
Also, they are usually used in conjunction with a steroid and/or plaquenil. Docs prefer to add chemo to the mix in order to be able to lessen the dose of prednisone. Believe it or not, they would rather you be on chemo than on too much prednisone.
So, to answer, YES - it is very common...