Understanding lupus

Is lupus a form of cancer?

No, lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. However, some treatments for lupus may include immunosuppressant drugs that are also used in chemotherapy. Learn more about lupus. 

Medically reviewed on July 18, 2013