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Thyroid Cancer- Diagnosis and Complications

Recent studies point to GLP-1 enzyme agonist and incretin mimetic medications as the cause of cancer in many type-2 diabetes patients. Januvia, Byetta and Victoza are all thought to increase the chances for development of abnormal cell growth in the thyroid gland (located in the front lower area of the neck) or thyroid cancers. Knowing the risks and complications related to thyroid cancer can ensure that patients make an educated decision on choosing a type of diabetes treatments.

Patients should weigh these risks and benefits to ensure their safety. Persons who have already begun treatment with an incretin mimetic drug should be aware of typical signs of thyroid cancer.

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What Are the Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer?

Symptoms of thyroid cancer range in severity and type. Some patients may not show signs of any complications. Common side effects of thyroid cancer may include:

  • inflammation or enlargement of the neck, specifically in the lower front portion
  • a lump or nodule in the throat/neck
  • neck pain which may spread to your ears
  • trouble breathing or swallowing
  • coughing, wheezing, and hoarseness

Thyroid cancer is generally non-threatening if treated once symptoms occur. Unfortunately, many patients experience thyroid cancer relapses. Data indicates that roughly 10-15% of patients suffer from a recurrence of thyroid cancer or tumors. Healthcare professionals may recommend thyroglobulin testing to ensure that cancerous cells have not returned to the body.

Diagnosis of thyroid cancer may require patients to undergo a biopsy in which a tiny section of tissue from the thyroid is removed and examined.

Treating Thyroid Cancer

Treatments for thyroid cancer typically include surgery or radioactive iodine therapies to remove the cancerous cells. Doctors rarely prescribe harsh treatments such as chemotherapy for curing thyroid cancer. While early stages may not be harmful, neglecting to treat thyroid cancer may lead to a spread of the cancer cells to lymph nodes and surrounding areas.

If you or a loved one has been affected by thyroid cancer related to incretin mimetics Byetta or Januvia, complete our “Request Attorney Assistance” form to get the compensation you deserve.