There are a number of potential complications with Byetta thyroid cancer that can occur, even after a patient’s thyroid gland is removed. Thyroid cancer has a high recurrence rate when microscopic cancer cells spread beyond the thyroid before it is extracted from the patient. Byetta thyroid cancer complications can occur years – even decades – after the disease has been diagnosed and treated.
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What Complications Can Byetta-induced Thyroid Cancer Cause?
Byetta thyroid cancer complications may include:
- Recurrence of thyroid cancer – Sadly, with Byetta thyroid cancer, there is a significant possibility that the disease may return, even if the patient has undergone treatment. It has been estimated that between 5 and 20% of patients who have had thyroid cancer experience a recurrence of the disease in the neck. Even if the individual has had their thyroid gland removed, the cancer can return through microscopic malignant cells that migrated prior to surgery. Byetta thyroid cancer may also occur in tissue left behind after surgery, or in the lymph nodes of the neck.
To monitor for cancer recurrence, patients may be encouraged to undergo one or more of the following tests during their regular check-ups:
Radioactive iodine scan – Patient ingests a small amount of radioactive dye that would identified cancerous thyroid cells.
Ultrasound scan – Uses high frequency sound waves to look for abnormalities in the thyroid.
Thyroglobulin testing – Blood test to detect thyroglobulin, which should not be present if the patient is cancer-free and their thyroid gland was removed.
- Spread of the cancer – Another possible thyroid cancer complication is a spread of cancerous cells to other parts of the patient’s body. As stated above, experts estimate that between 5 and 20% of thyroid cancer patients have a recurrence of cancer in other areas of their body. In the vast majority of these cases, the cancer spreads to the bones or lungs.
- Low calcium levels – The parathyroid glands are located directly behind the thyroid gland, and secrete hormones that regulate calcium. If the parathyroids are removed during surgery, it can result in the patient suffering low calcium levels.
Click here to read a study on postoperative complications of Byetta thyroid cancer from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
Do I Have a Byetta Thyroid 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 thyroid cancer and Byetta pancreatic cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Byetta Thyroid Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer or pancreatic 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.