New research has identified a link between Eli Lilly’s widely-prescribed diabetes drug Byetta and pancreatic cancer. This is a disease that begins in the pancreas, an organ in the abdomen that lies horizontally behind the lower part of the stomach. Signs and symptoms of Byetta pancreatic cancer may include abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), weight loss, and depression.
Free Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after taking Byetta, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Byetta and we can help.
What’s the Problem with Byetta?
First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005, Byetta is a prescription medication whose main function is to help individuals with type 2 diabetes manage their condition. The drug is administered by injection, and has been prescribed to nearly a million patients since it first hit the market. From 2005 until sometime in 2007, no serious side effects were reported in connection with Byetta. However, since then Byetta has been repeatedly linked to complications involving the pancreas, including pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Overview
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 45,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012 alone, and approximately 37,000 will die as a direct result of the disease. Sadly, within the first year of diagnosis, nearly 75% of pancreatic cancer patients will die.
Part of the problem is that most people don’t recognize the symptoms of pancreatic cancer in the early stages of the disease, meaning the cancer isn’t detected until it reaches the advanced stages. When symptoms do begin to manifest themselves, they may include:
- dark urine
- clay colored stools
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- pain or discomfort in the abdomen
- back pain
- blood clots
Treatment & Prognosis (Outlook)
Once pancreatic cancer is diagnosed, treatments for the disease may include:
- targeted therapy
- radiation therapy
- biliary and gastric bypass
- total pancreatectomy
- distal pancreatectomy
- Whipple procedure (operation where the head of the pancreas, a portion of the bile duct, the gallbladder and the duodenum is removed)
While these treatments can have desirable outcomes, the most effective tool at combating Byetta pancreatic cancer is the proper screening procedure. Even though there have been revolutionary advances in designing new therapeutic agents over the past several years, to get a better cure rate for Byetta pancreatic cancer, researchers will have to find a better way to identify the disease in its early stages.
At this time, Byetta pancreatic cancer can only be cured when it is found at an early stage, before it has spread to other parts of the body. Palliative therapy may be chosen for terminal patients to relieve symptoms and reduce the suffering caused by the disease. This form of treatment aims at improving the quality of the patient’s life by controlling pain and other problems caused by Byetta pancreatic cancer.
Do I Have a Byetta Pancreatic 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 Byetta lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Byetta pancreatic cancer and Bayer thyroid cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Byetta Pancreatic Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer or thyroid cancer after taking Byetta, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Byetta suit and we can help.