Approximately 1.5 million people in the United States have rheumatoid arthritis (RA); it affects three times more women than men. You’ve likely heard the term before and associated it with sore joints in the hands and feet. In fact, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, including many joints throughout the body.

Over time rheumatoid arthritis can lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. In severe cases, it can also attack internal organs. While there is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis, there are treatments available that can slow the disease’s progression.

What is infusion therapy for rheumatoid arthritis?

If you’re struggling with rheumatoid arthritis that hasn’t responded to other types of treatment, infusion therapy could be your answer. It works by turning off the part of your immune system that’s not working properly. For this type of treatment, medication is delivered via intravenous infusion (IV or “drip”) directly into a vein. Most recipients begin feeling its effects within severalweeks of starting treatment.

What is the success rate of infusion therapy on rheumatoid arthritis?

More and more doctors are moving to a DMARD agent (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug) as soon after diagnosis as possible. DMARDs suppress the overactive immune system so it stops attacking the underlying tissue lining of the joints. While DMARDs may take several weeks or months to take effect, they can slow the progression and intensity of rheumatoid arthritis.

Though DMARDs can have side effects, they are proven to work against RA.

To find out if infusion therapy for rheumatoid arthritisis right for you, contact Astera Cancer Care at 732-390-7750. We offer a full range of advanced infusion services.