Mostly due to improper handling and storage issues, many lots of Zantac contain dangerously high levels of NDMA, one of the most powerful carcinogens known to man. Extremely low levels of n-nitrosodimethylamine are very common in processed foods. Rocket fuel contains slightly higher NDMA levels. That’s one reason the drinking water around former Air Force bases is often impure. The high n-nitrosodimethylamine could cause serious illness, including one of the cancers listed below.
NDMA exposure illnesses are rather straightforward. However, these claims are complex. Since n-nitrosodimethylamine contamination is a handling/storage issue, the responsible party could be the manufacturer that didn’t properly supervise Zantac production, the retailer who left product on the shelves too long at room temperature, or the doctor who kept Zantac samples in a drawer and gave them to patients.
Thousands of victims have already filed thousands of claims against GlaxoSmithKline, the pharmaceutical giant that manufactures Zantac. A Lexington personal injury attorney can add your claim to this list or file a separate claim against another party. All these options are designed to help victims get maximum compensation for their serious injuries. Cancer treatments usually cost tens of thousands of dollars a month, so these victims badly need this compensation.
Gastric or Stomach Cancer
All forms of cancer have long latency periods. Frequently, by the time victims find out they’re sick, only the riskiest and most aggressive treatments are viable options. Stomach or gastric cancer develops even more slowly than other forms of cancer.
Tumors form undetected in the stomach’s lining. As a result, the stomach cancer survival rate is less than 30 percent.
Zantac is a heartburn medicine that focuses on the digestive system. Therefore, stomach cancer is the most common form of Zantac-related cancer. Lung cancer is a rather close second.
Most of these victims develop non-small cell lung cancer, which has about a 60 percent survival rate. The second kind of Zantac-related lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, has a much lower survival rate.
These two diseases are very similar. Doctors must take care to diagnose the correct one. The treatments for NSCLC usually don’t affect SCLC, because it’s much more aggressive.
Traditionally, kidney cancer had a very high fatality rate. The kidneys are small organs located behind other major organs. So, developing tumors were difficult to spot. Largely because today’s CT scans are much more accurate, the kidney cancer survival rate is now over 90 percent.
Most kidney cancer victims are men over 45. Therefore, diagnosis problems remain for women and younger men. Doctors are quick to diagnose another illness if the patient doesn’t have these gender and age markers.
Usually, initial cancer symptoms include generalized pain and fatigue. Pretty much anything could cause these symptoms. Bladder cancer’s initial symptoms include pain when urinating, swollen feet, and bloody urine. Therefore, the disease is easier to detect early. Early treatment is often the key to a successful outcome.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that bladder cancer is unusually aggressive. So, the survival rate (70 percent) is high, but not nearly as high as some of the other diseases on this list.
We mentioned that kidney cancer is usually associated with men under 45, and these red flags affect cancer diagnosis. Over 95 percent of breast cancer patients are women with a family history of breast cancer. Since this disease is almost never a lifestyle condition, most doctors don’t associate medication side-effects with breast cancer.
Breast cancer treatments are very hard on the body. The side-effects of powerful chemotherapy drugs are often almost as bad as cancer. However, these aggressive treatments are necessary. Over the past few decades, breast cancer has gone from a death sentence to a condition with a less than 1 percent fatality rate.
This disease begins as growths, which are called polyps, accumulate in the lining of the colon or rectum. Like most other tumors, these polyps could be benign or malignant. Larger polyps mean higher cancer risk. The survival rate is under 10 percent in these situations.
What breast cancer is for women, prostate cancer is for men. Women only rarely develop prostate cancer. Unfortunately, mostly females take Zantac. If this disease is caught early, the survival rate is over 99 percent. But the clock is ticking. Any delayed diagnosis causes the prostate cancer survival rate to plummet.
Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. Attorneys can connect victims with doctors, even if they have no insurance or money.