Overview of the Associations Between Cancer and Rheumatic Disease

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People living with rheumatic diseases frequently encounter cancer, either as a potential harm of antirheumatic therapies or as a comorbidity that alters the conversation about management. This article provides a general overview of the issues related to cancer and rheumatic disease and serves as a springboard for the remaining chapters in this issue. Several topics are reviewed, including epidemiology, bidirectional causal pathways, and issues related to medications. Although uncertainties remain, the issue of cancer is of great importance to patients with rheumatic diseases, and an individualized, person-centered approach to assessment and management is necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-427
Number of pages11
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • Biologic therapies
  • Cancer
  • Immune checkpoint inhibitors
  • Immune-related adverse events
  • Malignancy
  • Prognosis
  • Rheumatic disease
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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