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How does chemotherapy treat inflammatory and autoimmune diseases?

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In many rheumatic diseases, inflammation damages parts of the body; for example, it can cause painful joints, as in rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation can come from autoimmunity, which is when your body's immune system attacks its own tissues or organs by mistake. Chemotherapy helps people with certain inflammatory and autoimmune diseases because it slows how fast cells reproduce and lessens things made by these cells that cause inflammation.

From: Chemotherapy Drugs Used to Treat Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/13/2018

SOURCE: American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

SOURCE: American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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