Thyroid cancer, a disease that has recently been linked to the type 2 diabetes drug Victoza (generic: liraglutide), can cause a number of characteristic symptoms depending on the stage of the disease and whether it has migrated to other parts of the body. Telltale symptoms of Victoza thyroid cancer may include enlarged lymph nodes, lumps in the neck, breathing / speaking problems, throat pain, and persistent cough.
What Symptoms Does Victoza Thyroid Cancer Cause?
In many patients, Victoza thyroid cancer does not exhibit any recognizable symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Many cases are found by chance during routine physical examinations. The doctor may feel the area around the front of the neck, and may ask the patient to swallow water as he or she is doing this. This allows for detection of a cancerous tumor in the thyroid gland.
When symptoms of thyroid cancer do present, they may include:
- Lump in the front of the neck
- Enlargement of the thyroid
- Swelling in the neck
- Pain in the front of the neck that may stretch to the ears
- Change in voice or hoarseness
- Breathing problems (the feeling that you are breathing through a straw)
- Cough that does not go away and is not caused by a cold
- Cough with blood
- Swallowing problems
According to the National Cancer Institute, thyroid cancer is rarer than most other forms of the disease, with approximately 56,460 cases diagnosed in 2012. The condition occurs in the thyroid gland, which is located at the bottom of the throat and plays a critical role in the regulation of hormones. Thyroid cancer occurs more often in women, asian people, younger individuals, and patients with a family history of the disease.
There are several varieties of thyroid cancer – the most common type, papillary carcinoma, is also the most treatable, and typically affects females. The most deadly variety, anaplastic carcinoma, is also the least commonly-reported. Follicular carcinoma is the type most likely to recur, and medullary carcinoma (when the non-thyroid cells in the thyroid gland develop cancer) is most likely to be inherited. Click here to learn more about Victoza thyroid cancer symptoms from MedlinePlus.