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2021 Rheumatology Year in Review

Jan 08, 2022

Our top 10 list of advances, game-changers, worries and those better medical practices that evolved during 2021.

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Risk of Cancer w/ IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD)? A meta-analysis of 10 studies shows compared to gen population, IgG4-RD has a higher risk of overall cancer(SIR 2.57), esp pancreatic (SIR 4.1) & lymphoma (SIR 69.2); but not lung or gastric cancer https://t.co/EzgMXIdFcL

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Jan 06, 2022
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Best of 2021: FDA Puts Boxed Warnings on JAK Inhibitors

Dec 30, 2021

Based on the safety review of tofacitinib in Pfizer's Oral Surveillance (1133) study, the FDA has added serious boxed warnings to all three marketed JAK inhibitors (for inflammatory diseases) and formalized the recommendation that patients should be started on a TNF inhibitor (TNFi) before

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Best of 2021: Tofacitinib Safety Concerns

Dec 29, 2021

Dr. Jack Cush reviews and discusses the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.com.

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Certain Cancers Increased with Autoimmune Diseases

Dec 16, 2021

Rheumatologists are well aware that inflammation and immune dysregulation are prime contributors to cancer risk, but do oncologists carry the same impressions? A large study from JAMA Oncology shows that patients with immune-mediated diseases (IMD) have an overall increased risk of cancer,

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FDA Puts Boxed Warnings on JAK Inhibitors

Dec 06, 2021

Based on the safety review of tofacitinib in Pfizer's Oral Surveillance (1133) study, the FDA has added serious boxed warnings to all three marketed JAK inhibitors (for inflammatory diseases) and formalized the recommendation that patients should be started on a TNF inhibitor (TNFi) before

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ICYMI: Does Control of Inflammation Lower Cancer Risk? https://t.co/OBMIdPki7O https://t.co/zV04iAOjAz
Dr. John Cush @RheumNow( View Tweet )
Nov 27, 2021
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Does Control of Inflammation Lower Cancer Risk?

Nov 23, 2021

Dr. Jonathan Kay's provocative video addresses whether the increased cancer risk associated with tofacitinib (Tofa) seen in the Pfizer Oral Surveillance (1133) study represents a real increased risk, an increased risk relative to a decreased risk with TNF inhibitors (TNFi) or an actual decreased

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Prof. Ami Shah: Patients with #scleroderma have an ⬆ risk of #cancer vs. general population 📌Data from 3 recent meta-analysis: Scleroderma pts have 1.4 to 1.8 fold increased risk of cancer @RheumNow #ACR21 https://t.co/4uQN6y3tIn
Nov 09, 2021
Dr. Ami Shah shares her approach to cancer screening in patients with #scleroderma👇 @RheumNow #ACR21 https://t.co/chmlGe4iyl
Nov 09, 2021
TIF1-y: most dominant target in #cancer assoc'd #dermatomyositis 🔷Associated with cancer in every racial group tested; no assoc'n w/ juvenile DM @RheumNow #ACR21 https://t.co/rPg1CQuNka
Nov 09, 2021
Abst 1517 Weinmann & colleagues studied prevalence of autoantibodies in Melanoma pts treated w/ ICI & developed rheumatic IRAE - Most common rheumatic IRAE = inflammatory arthritis - Higher prevalence of ANA in those tx w/ chemo prior to ICI #ACR21 @RheumNow https://t.co/7qgogSMjUr
Akhil Sood MD @AkhilSoodMD( View Tweet )
Nov 09, 2021
#ACR21 #Abstr1908 Potential prognostic biomarker for lymphoma in #sjogren. ISG15 (IFN-I) expression was consistently ⬆️in pts with lymphoma vs none, both in blood and salivary gland biopsy. Work needed re: relation to other markers, ethnicity @RheumNow https://t.co/8VYYEXpXSw https://t.co/ZIkpx5kUfu
Md Yuzaiful Md Yusof @Yuz6Yusof( View Tweet )
Nov 09, 2021
Dr Ami Shah - Scleroderma & Cancer: 🛑 ⬆️ risk of ca around the time of dx in SSc patients with RNA-pol-III (especially first 5 years after dx), anti-Th/To protective? 🛑Her approach for ca screening in newly diagnosed with SSc pts and red flags as below #ACR21 #ACRambassador https://t.co/2VcWn2UInm
Didem Saygin, MD @didemsayginmd( View Tweet )
Nov 09, 2021
Dr. Fiorentino on cancer risk stratification and screening in myositis. Come chat at noon in the Myositis Community Hub to learn more! #ACR21 #ACRAmbassador https://t.co/I0iQuPAuOl
Veena Katikineni @VeenaRheumMD( View Tweet )
Nov 09, 2021
How do RA pts go with ICI cancer therapy? @VUMCRheum audit reflects overall prev experience: - approx 50% flare (?some reflect DMARD W/H) - flares overwhelmingly managable - few (1/19 here) cease ICI due to RA flare RA pts deserve best cancer Rx too!! #ACR21 ABST1523 @RheumNow
Nov 09, 2021
This case is from the hypereosinophilic syndrome talk. This was NOT EGPA! It was cancer. Be careful! #ACR21 @RheumNow https://t.co/UhdpeHBfOE
Richard Conway @RichardPAConway( View Tweet )
Nov 09, 2021
Are there people looking at steroid-sparing therapy as irAE treatment or prevention? @CCalabreseDO: are there ever #ACR21 irAE Study Group @RheumNow (also @NAbdelwahabMD @ReidMDMPH on stage) https://t.co/CLmNaLB68O
Nov 09, 2021
Either we need to review the Yearly PAP cervical screening in SLE women or work hard to improve patient awareness. Suspect the latter as time between tests was over 4 years late 😱 and 2.7% developed cancer #ACR21 #Abstr0133 @RheumNow https://t.co/wm01MfoFjf https://t.co/blD8WafZsE
Md Yuzaiful Md Yusof @Yuz6Yusof( View Tweet )
Nov 08, 2021
Knowledge Bowl at #ACR21 ⭐️The first lung fibrosis described in Sjogren's with lung biopsy showing benign polyclonal lymphocytes and plasma cells with a risk for malignant transformation. ➡️Lymphocytic Interstitial Pneumonia @RheumNow

Meral K. El Ramahi, MD @MeralElRamahiMD( View Tweet )

Nov 08, 2021
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ACR21 Best Abstracts - Day 2

Nov 07, 2021

The RheumNow faculty reporters have been scouring and reporting on the best abstracts from the ACR. Here is a sampling of their choice abstract presentations reported during ACR 2020 Day 2 (#ACRbest).

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What to do if pt on a TNFi develops cancer? Can you safely restart TNFi later? Depends on cancer, timing - how long ago was cancer, Rx and patient preference. Data diff from RABBIT registry vs British bio registry @RheumNow #ACR21 #ACRBest 7S413 Have a look https://t.co/q9SFKlFJzg
Nov 07, 2021
Very interesting talks by Dr. Kim and Dr. Hyrich on DMARDs and Cancer risks #ACR21 @RheumNow https://t.co/Dl5WPo7mmj
Akhil Sood MD @AkhilSoodMD( View Tweet )
Nov 07, 2021
This feels like an excellent starting point for Tuesday's ORAL Surveillance malignancy discussion. RWE Cohort: HR 1.01 (0.83-1.22) RCT-dup Cohort: HR 1.19 (0.86-1.64) ORAL Surveillance: HR 1.48 (1.04-2.09) Interesting day 4 ahead! great talk @SeoyoungCKim #ACR21 7S413 @RheumNow https://t.co/YSau21goMr
Nov 07, 2021
Abst0569 #acr21 @RheumNow mortality in SpA:⬆️ overall mortality in AS (RR 1.64, 95% CI: 1.49-1.80,) but not PsA (RR: 1.12, 95% CI: 0.96-1.30). CV, resp & infection specific mortality significantly higher for PsA Cancer related mortality in PsA not higher than the gen pop

Olga Petryna @DrPetryna( View Tweet )

Nov 07, 2021
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