How Can Zantac Cause Kidney Cancer?
Dangerous levels of N-Nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA, in Zantac may expose consumers to an increased risk of developing serious health complications, including kidney cancer. Recent studies have found that exposure to high levels of NDMA over prolonged periods of time may cause liver damage in humans (ATSDR 1999; HSDB 2012).
Potential symptoms of overexposure include headache, fever, nausea, jaundice, vomiting, abdominal cramps, enlarged liver, reduced function of liver, kidneys and lungs and dizziness.
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What Other Types of Cancer has Zantac Been Linked To?
- Lung cancer
- Intestinal cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colon cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Other types of cancer
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How Does NDMA Get Into Drugs?
NDMA can be produced during the drug manufacturing process, introduced from contaminated ingredients, or through contaminated solvents and catalysts. The FDA has set an acceptable level of NDMA in each finished drug product (tablet or capsule) at no more than 96 ng (0.096 μg).
How is Kidney Cancer Treated?
Most cases of kidney cancer are treated with a combination of surgery, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy may also be used on some patients. People with kidney cancer that has spread, called metastatic cancer, often receive multiple lines of therapy.
How Fast Does Kidney Cancer Spread?
Low grades of kidney cancer tend to be slow-growing, while high grades can multiply fast. The other types that are found to be more aggressive are papillary (types 1 & 2), chromophobe, medullary and oncocytic.
How Long Can You Live With Kidney Cancer?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 72% of patients diagnosed with kidney cancer live for at least 1 year after diagnosis, about 56% live for at least 5 years and about 50% live for 10 years or more.
Is Kidney Cancer Curable?
Because advanced stage kidney cancer is extremely hard to cure, clinical trials of new combinations of targeted therapies, immunotherapy, and other new treatments are currently being tried. For some patients, palliative treatments such as radiation therapy may be the best option.
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