Actos (pioglitazone), a widely-prescribed type 2 diabetes drug, has recently been linked to bladder cancer. This disease originates in the bladder, an organ in the center of the lower belly area, and occurs when abnormal cells multiply and grow out of control. Signs and symptoms of Actos bladder cancer include blood in the urine, painful urination and lower back pain.
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How Does Bladder Cancer Develop?
Bladder cancer, a disease that has been linked to the use of Actos, originates in the bladder, the body part that holds and releases urine. In the U.S., bladder cancer typically starts from the so-called ‘transitional cells,’ which line the bladder. Cancerous tumors are classified according to how they grow:
- Papillary – Attached to a stalk with a wart-like appearance.
- Non-Papillary (Sessile) – Flat tumors that are much less common than papillary tumors, but are more invasive and typically have a worse outcome.
How To Recognize the Early Signs of Bladder Cancer
When diagnosed early, Actos-induced bladder cancer is a manageable disease. However, symptoms of bladder cancer are few in number and may be similar to many other common problems, and may not appear until the disease has progressed. Make an appointment with your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Blood in your urine (hematuria)
- Difficulty urinating
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating
In many cases, blood in the urine may be the only warning sign indicating that a patient has bladder cancer. In its early stages, bladder cancer is often a “silent disease” with no other telltale symptoms. A urologist can test the urine for other common conditions, such as kidney stones or a urinary tract infection (UTI), both of which can have the same symptoms as Actos bladder cancer.
“The classic bladder cancer case is someone who just peed in the toilet and says they saw lots of blood but really felt fine otherwise,” says Adam Kibel, MD, professor in the division of urologic surgery at Washington University St. Louis. “In many cases, you wouldn’t know you had bladder cancer if the lights were out.”
In patients with obvious blood in their urine, only about one in five also have bladder cancer. The number of bladder cancer cases decreases to approximately one in 10 for individuals with traces of blood in their urine. This is mainly because many people – especially women under the age of 40 – have traces of blood in their urine for reasons other than bladder cancer.
Actos Bladder Cancer Symptoms: Early Detection is Key
By the time most patients are aware of bladder cancer symptoms, the disease has likely progressed significantly. About one in four patients who are diagnosed with bladder cancer experience symptoms such as difficulty urinating or a frequent urge to urinate along with blood in their urine. The problem is that these symptoms are similar to the symptoms of simple bladder infections and other common problems.
Some patients with Actos bladder cancer may also experience lower abdominal, back or hip pain. This is likely caused by the tumor pushing on a nerve, rather than the spread of the disease outside of the bladder.
The bottom line is that if you notice anything out of the usual, make an appointment with your doctor right away and get tested to know for sure what, if anything, may be the problem.
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.