Is it possible for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) remission to occur from rheumatoid arthritis treatments? Expert Dr. Ryan Jacobs explains what he’s observed in his CLL patients who also have RA and take RA treatments.
Dr. Ryan Jacobs is a hematologist/oncologist specializing in chronic lymphocytic leukemia from Levine Cancer Institute. Learn more about Dr. Jacobs.
Do any rheumatoid arthritis medications help prevent CLL from returning after treatment with FCR?
I do have a fair number of patients that have rheumatologic conditions and some with rheumatoid arthritis. There are some approvals there, and I in no way pretend to be an expert in rheumatoid conditions. But I do know that there happens to be some agents that are monoclonal antibodies directed against CD20 used to treat some rheumatoid conditions. So I do have some patients that are on drugs like rituximab (Rituxan) to suppress their rheumatoid condition and help prevent recurrences.
And then kind of two birds, one stone also are keeping their CLL in a clinically asymptomatic remission, I’m sure I would say, or stable disease. And it comes with the known risk for long-term antibodies, that there are some increased infections there that was particularly concerned during COVID, the worst parts of COVID. But yeah, so there are some potential treatments like that.
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