On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that all manufacturers immediately withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter forms of ranitidine, including well-known heartburn medication Zantac. The FDA believes that Zantac and other forms of ranitidine contain a probable human carcinogen called NDMA. Scientific studies have also revealed that certain forms of cancer could be caused by Zantac, including thyroid cancer. Some Zantac users who have been diagnosed with cancer have begun taking legal action by filing civil claims against Zantac manufacturers.
Our team of dedicated defective drug lawyers is currently offering free consultations to former Zantac (ranitidine) users who have been diagnosed with cancer. If you believe your cancer was caused by Zantac use, our lawyers want to help you find justice.
Symptoms of Thyroid Cancer
Thyroid cancer often only shows symptoms once the disease has progressed past the early stages. If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms and are concerned you could have thyroid cancer, we recommend an immediate consultation with a physician:
- Swollen lymph nodes in neck
- A lump you feel through your neck skin
- Voice changing, such as hoarseness
- Trouble swallowing
- Neck and throat pain
Former Zantac users should be especially diligent, as it’s possible that thyroid cancer could because by Zantac.
How Many Types of Thyroid Cancer Are There?
There are five primary types of thyroid cancer, along with some rare versions. Types of thyroid cancer include:
- Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer – This is one of the rarest forms of thyroid cancer, at only about 1% of all cases. This cancer grows very quickly and is one of the most difficult thyroid cancers to treat.
- Follicular Thyroid Cancer – This type of thyroid cancer develops from follicular cells and is usually slow-growing. This is the second-most common type of thyroid cancer.
- Hurthle Cell Cancer – Also known as Hurthle cell carcinoma, this cancer begins in a specific type of follicular cell and is more likely to spread to the lymph nodes.
- Papillary Thyroid Cancer – Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common form of thyroid cancer. This can also often spread to the lymph nodes.
- Medullary Thyroid Cancer (MDC) – This type develops in the C cells and is sometimes caused by a genetic syndrome known as multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2).
There are also other types of cancer that sometimes start in or near the thyroid gland, including Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Sarcoma, and parathyroid cancer.