The Byetta Pen (exenatide), a popular type 2 diabetes medication, has recently been found to have the ability to cause thyroid cancer. This rare disease occurs when cells in the thyroid gland undergo genetic mutations that allow them to multiply rapidly and grow out of control. This article discusses how it is suspected that Byetta causes thyroid cancer, and the different varieties of the disease that occur in Byetta users.
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How Can Byetta Cause Thyroid Cancer?
Although there is still much debate as to what exactly causes thyroid cancer, like other cancers, changes in the DNA of the cells seems to play a vital role in causing the disease. These changes may include inherited predispositions, as well as those that occur naturally with age. However, recent studies have found that people who take Byetta to treat their type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of developing thyroid cancer compared to diabetics who take other medications.
On a genetic level, thyroid cancer occurs when cells in the thyroid gland undergo changes that allow them to grow and multiply at a rapid place. The thyroid cells lose the ability to die, and thus accumulate and form a tumor. These abnormal cells can then invade nearby tissues and spread throughout the body.
Types of Byetta-Induced Thyroid Cancer
There are four separate and distinct varieties of thyroid cancer:
- Papillary Carcinoma – Typically affecting women of childbearing age, papillary carcinoma is the most commonly reported type of thyroid cancer. This variety of the disease spreads slowly and is the most treatable form of thyroid cancer.
- Medullary Carcinoma – Disease of non-thyroid cells that are commonly found in the thyroid gland. Medullary carcinoma seems to have a genetic predisposition, and has been associated with a number of specific genetic mutations. This type of thyroid cancer requires different methods of treatment than other varieties of the disease.
- Follicular Carcinoma – Accounts for about 10% of all cases, and has the highest recurrence rate of any type of thyroid cancer. Mortality of follicular carcinoma is typically proportional to the amount of vascular invasion the patient has suffered.
- Anaplastic Carcinoma (also known as Giant and Spindle Cell Cancer) – By far the most deadly variety of thyroid cancer, anaplastic carcinoma is a rare form of the disease that multiplies rapidly and is not affected by radioiodine therapy.
Click here to read more about Byetta thyroid cancer causes from Cancer Research UK.
Do I Have a Byetta Thyroid Cancer Lawsuit?
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