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This is Michael Brady Lynch, lead trial attorney for The Michael Brady Lynch Firm.
With all the news about the association of bladder cancer and Actos, I thought it was appropriate to write a little on bladder cancer as a disease.
The number one association with bladder cancer is smoking. Tobacco use, as we all know, can lead to multiple diseases and conditions. But for bladder cancer, smoking is the common root cause of the disease. However, as the recent FDA warning concerning Actos use and bladder cancer has revealed, smoking is by no means the only cause of bladder cancer.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of bladder cancer can also vary, from blood in the urine, recurring urinary track infections (UTIs), back pain and painful/frequent urination. If you have any of those symptoms, especially when compounded with a history of Actos use, I strongly advise you to seek an immediate medical consultation.
Bladder Cancer Treatment
Treatment for bladder cancer varies depending on the stage of the cancer. Surgery is the most often used intervention for bladder cancer. Surgery can involve a “scraping” of the bladder wall to remove the tumors. In some cases, complete removal of the bladder may be required.
Alternative treatments for bladder cancer include Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, which is high-tech, computer-guided radiation therapy that delivers precise radiation treatment to the tumor site. Fractionated Dose Chemotherapy may also be applied, which involves a a smaller dose of chemotherapy administered over longer periods of time. Whatever method of treatment is appropriate for an individual should be a process of extensive consultation concerning the risks, benefits and alternatives to each treatment option.
A very important, and sometimes overlooked, aspect of any cancer treatment is the supportive and pain-relieving care required of each and every cancer patient. Bladder cancer is no exception.
Actos and Bladder Cancer
Studies have shown that those who use Actos for over one year have as much as a 40 percent increase in the risk for bladder cancer. The risk seems to be increased in the male population and further increased with Actos use over two years.
The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has been at the forefront of litigation involving the association between bladder cancer and Actos and is aggressively pursuing claims against the manufacturer of Actos. If you or someone you know has taken Actos and have bladder cancer, please contact me directly for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your claim.
About the Firm: The Michael Brady Lynch Firm is a trial firm with a focus on pharmaceutical mass tort cases involving SSRI and Anti-Seizure Medication Birth Defects such as Lexapro, Zoloft, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Depakote and Topamax, as well as Actos Bladder Cancer and Fosamax Femur Fractures, and medical device cases including DePuy Hip and Trans-Vaginal Mesh cases. Contact us today if you or someone you know has experienced side effects involving these products.
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