Janumet (metformin and sitagliptin) has been associated with thyroid cancer, a serious disease that originates in the thyroid gland. New research has identified a four-fold increased risk of thyroid cancer in diabetic patients taking Janumet. Symptoms of thyroid cancer may include breathing problems, voice changes, swelling in the neck, and an enlarged thyroid gland.
What’s the Problem?
Thyroid cancer is one of the most deadly types of cancer known to man. According to the FDA, Janumet may increase the risk of thyroid cancer in diabetic patients who take the drug for long periods of time. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with thyroid cancer after taking Janumet, you may qualify to participate in a Janumet thyroid cancer lawsuit.
Thyroid Cancer Overview
Thyroid cancer originates in the thyroid gland, an organ at the bottom of the throat that manufactures hormones which regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and weight. Four types of thyroid cancer exist including papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. The differences between these diseases are based on how cancerous tumors appear under a microscope. About 60,000 new cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed annually in the U.S., and nearly 2,000 people die from complications of the disease.
Symptoms of Janumet Induced Thyroid Cancer
In its initial stages, thyroid cancer from Janumet may not cause any recognizable symptoms. But as the disease grows, symptoms typically include:
- a lump in the front of the neck near the Adam’s apple
- hoarseness / difficulty speaking
- swollen lymph nodes
- problems with swallowing / breathing
- throat or neck pain
Be Advised: These symptoms of thyroid cancer do not necessarily mean that a person has the disease. An infection, goiter, or any number of other problems may cause these complications. Anyone experiencing potential thyroid cancer symptoms should call their doctor right away. Only a team of medical professionals can properly diagnose and treat thyroid cancer.
Treatment & Prognosis (Outlook)
Thyroid cancer treatment depends on the type of the disease and how far it has progressed, as well as the individual’s health and personal preferences. While surgical intervention is typically the first line of treatment, a number of other techniques may be used including:
- radioactive iodine treatment
- thyroid hormone therapy
- external beam radiation therapy
Results are often most effective when two or more of these techniques are used together.
Janumet Side Effects
In addition to having the potential to cause thyroid cancer, Janumet has been linked to the following side effects:
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