Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer has been linked to an increased risk for anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), an aggressive cancer that occurs when white blood cells called lymphocytes grow out of control.
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What is Roundup?
Introduced to the U.S. market in 1974, Roundup contains glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide used to kill weeds that compete with crops such as soybeans, corn and cotton. Roundup is most commonly used in commercial farms, home gardens and nurseries. Nearly all corn, soybeans and cotton produced in the U.S. are sprayed with glyphosate-based weed killers, including Roundup.
Meta-Analysis Finds Link Between Roundup and Lymphoma Cancer
In April 2014, a meta-analysis published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that glyphosate toxicity is a likely cause of blood cancers in the lymph glands, specifically subtypes of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma like anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). The review looked at three decades of epidemiologic research on the link between cancer and exposure to agricultural pesticides like Roundup.
What is Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma?
Anaplastic large cell lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system that occurs when white blood cells called T-cell lymphocytes divide and grow out of control. Over time, these T-cell lymphocytes build up in parts of the body like the lymph nodes, lungs or skin. ALCL is more common in children and young adults than older individuals.
Signs and symptoms of anaplastic large cell lymphoma include:
- Swelling of lymph nodes
- Loss of appetite
- Night sweats
Most cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma progress to an advanced stage very quickly. About half of the patients are diagnosed when ALCL is at an early stage (Stage I or II), but the remaining half are diagnosed after the cancer has reached an advanced stage.
The progression of anaplastic large cell lymphoma is as follows:
- Stage I: When the cancer involves only one lymph node region or lymphatic structure;
- Stage II: When the disease involves two or more lymph node regions on the same side of the diaphragm;
- Stage III: When ALCL involves two or more lymph node regions on both sides of the diaphragm;
- Stage IV: When the cancer has grown beyond the lymph nodes.
No matter what form of anaplastic large cell lymphoma you have, there are treatments to help. Treatment options depend on what type of ALCL you have and where it is in the body. Chemotherapy is the main treatment for systemic ALCL, when the cancer is in your lymph nodes and other parts of the body. A kind of chemotherapy called CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone) is used for both ALK-positive and ALK-negative ALCL.
Prognosis and Survival Rate
Many patients with newly diagnosed ALCL respond well to chemotherapy regimens like CHOP, although long-term disease outcomes vary depending on the subtype and other factors. Patients with ALK-positive disease usually respond favorably to CHOP or CHOEP (CHOP plus etoposide). By contrast, patients who are ALK-negative have slightly lower prognosis and survival rates with similar treatments. In some cases, higher doses of chemotherapy followed by stem cell transplantation may be recommended.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that at least two laboratories hired by Monsanto to conduct studies on the safety of Roundup have committed fraud. Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories (IBT) was hired by Monsanto to study Roundup toxicity levels in the early 1970s. EPA audited data obtained from IBT and found “routine falsification of data” and convicted IBT executives of fraud. Monsanto then hired Craven Laboratories in 1991 to perform studies for Roundup. Later that year, the owner of the company and three of its employees were indicted for fraudulent laboratory practices.
Do I Have a Roundup Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Roundup lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Roundup cancer cases in all 50 states.
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