Cancer Screening Tests for Cancer Caused by Zantac Use
Written By: Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP
Due to a complaint filed with the FDA, many countries and companies have voluntarily recalled ranitidine-Zantac products from store shelves. Many law firms have filed cases on behalf of individuals who may have developed cancer due to regular ranitidine/Zantac use. Some of the most common types of cancer lawsuits include are colon cancer and bladder cancer.
Colon Cancer Overview
Colon cancer begins in the large intestine (colon) and usually begins as small clumps of cells called polyps. Over time some of these polyps can become cancerous and develop into colon cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of colon cancer include:
- A persistent change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation or a change in the consistency of your stool
- Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool
- Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
- A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely
- Weakness or fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
If you notice any symptoms that worry you, consider making an appointment to see your doctor. There are a variety of screening procedures, and your doctor will be able to determine which one – if any – is appropriate for your situation.
Overall, there are two main tests that are utilized to screen for colon cancer. (Source: American Cancer Society: Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests):
- Stool-based tests: These tests check the stool (feces) for signs of cancer. These tests are less invasive and easier to have done, but they need to be done more often.
- Visual (structural) exams: These tests look at the structure of the colon and rectum for any abnormal areas. This is done either with a scope (a tube-like instrument with a light and tiny video camera on the end) put into the rectum, or with special imaging (x-ray) tests.
Bladder Cancer Overview
Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers and begins to develop in the bladder, but may develop in other parts of the urinary tract drainage system. Most people diagnosed with bladder cancer start out at an early stage – when the cancer is most susceptible to treatment. However, bladder cancer can recur in the bladder, and people typically need follow-up tests for the next few years to determine if the cancer recurs.
Signs and symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- Blood in urine
- Painful urination
- Pelvic pain
(Source: American Cancer Society):
- Urinalysis – A simple test that checks for blood and other substances in a sample of urine. Blood in the urine is usually caused by non-cancer problems, such as infections, but it may also be the first sign of bladder cancer.
- Urine cytology – A test utilizing a microscope to examine a urine sample for cancer cells.
- Urine tests for rumor markers - UroVysion™, BTA tests¸ImmunoCyt™, and NMP22 BladderChek®.
From the American Cancer Society:
“These tests might find some bladder cancers early, but they can miss some as well. And in some cases, the test result might be abnormal even in people who do not have cancer. At this time, the tests are used mainly to look for bladder cancer in people who already have signs or symptoms of it, or to watch for signs that the cancer has come back (recurred) in people who have had a bladder cancer removed. More research is needed to know if these or other tests are useful as screening tests.”
Do You have a Zantac Cancer Lawsuit?
The attorneys at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP have successfully litigated dangerous drug cases against large pharmaceutical corporations for decades. We are currently speaking with individuals who may have developed cancer as a result of prolonged Zantac and ranitidine use. Please reach out to our law firm if you or a loved one developed cancer while taking Zantac. Our attorneys will schedule an appointment to speak with you about your specific case and needs. You can reach our New York office location by calling (888) 260-0473. Communications with our firm are strictly confidential, and we can help you understand whether or not you have a strong Zantac lawsuit. The consultation is free of charge and we do not charge you for litigating your case. Additionally, our firm will get a fee only if we recover a settlement for you.