For Actos users diagnosed with bladder cancer, resulting complications can have a significant impact on their life. These may include emotional problems, urinary diversion, bladder reconstruction, and erectile dysfunction (ED). According to Bloomberg News, the companies that make Actos were recently ordered to pay $9 billion for hiding the risk of bladder cancer associated with their best-selling diabetes drug.
Free Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Actos and we can help.
The emotional impact of living with Actos-induced bladder cancer can be catastrophic. Many patients with the disease report experiencing a “roller coaster” effect of feeling down upon learning of their diagnosis, up when the disease is removed, and down again as they try to come to terms with the side effects of treatment.
This type of emotional impact can cause feelings of depression. Symptoms of depression may include:
- Continuous feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- No longer taking pleasure in the things you enjoy in life
If the patient’s bladder is taken out, an alternative way of passing urine must be created. This operation is called urinary diversion. There are a number of different types of urinary diversion:
- Urostomy – Procedure that is carried out during a radical cystectomy. A portion of the small bowel is removed and connected to the patient’s ureters (the two tubes that normally transport urine from the kidneys). Next, a small hole in made in the surface of the abdomen, and the open end of the removed bowel is placed in this hole, creating an opening called a stoma. A special waterproof bag is then placed over the stoma to collect urine.
- Continent urinary diversion – Similar to a urostomy, but without the external bag. Instead, a portion of the patient’s bowel is used to create a pouch inside the body that holds urine. The ureters are attached to the pouch, and the pouch is connected to an opening in the abdominal wall. A valve in the opening blocks urine from leaking out.
- Bladder reconstruction – In some cases, a new bladder or “neobladder” may be able to be created. This procedure involves removing a portion of the patient’s bowel and reconstructing it into a balloon-like sac, before connecting it to the urethra at one end and the ureters at the other. However, bladder reconstruction is not possible for all patients.
Some men with Actos bladder cancer may lose the ability to obtain or maintain an erection after urinary diversion. In some cases, this condition can be treated with phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (PDE5) medications. PDE5s are designed to work by increasing the blood supply to the penis.
Sometimes PDE5s are combined with a vacuum pump, a machine consisting of a cylinder connected to a pump. The man’s penis is placed inside the cylinder and air is pumped out. This creates a vacuum effect that causes blood to flow to the penis. A rubber ring is then placed around the base of the penis, which allows an erection to be maintained long enough for sexual activity to take place.
Do I Have an Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Actos Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Actos bladder cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed bladder cancer after taking Actos, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an Actos Suit and we can help.