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If you or a loved one regularly used Zantac in the past and have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or another type of cancer, you should be aware that it is possible your cancer was caused by Zantac use. You may have grounds for a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma lawsuit against Zantac manufacturers. The FDA has recently issued a recall for Zantac and other medications containing ranitidine. Recent research suggests that Zantac (ranitidine) may contain high levels of a cancer-causing chemical.

Types of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

There are over 30 types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and can be classified into two main categories: aggressive (fast-growing) or indolent (slow-growing).

Aggressive Lymphomas

Types of aggressive lymphomas include:

  • Anaplastic large-cell lymphoma
  • Burkitt lymphoma
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Lymphoblastic lymphoma
  • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • Peripheral T-cell lymphoma

Indolent Lymphomas

Some of the most common types of indolent lymphomas include:

  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma
  • Marginal zone B-cell lymphoma
  • MALT lymphoma
  • Small-cell lymphocytic lymphoma

What Are the Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

Here are some signs and symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that you should be aware of if you’re a former Zantac user:

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Chest pain, coughing, difficulty breathing
  • Regular fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Swollen but painless lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you’ve experienced symptoms of non-Hopkin’s lymphoma, please contact a medical professional as soon as possible.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Risk Factors

Most people who are diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have any obvious risk factors. Additionally, many people with risk factors never develop lymphoma.

Some factors that could possibly increase the risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma include:

  • Chemicals – There are possible links between certain types of chemicals and the risk of developing non-Hodgkins lymphoma, such as pesticides.
  • Infection from specific viruses and bacteria – Some types of viral and bacterial infections could possibly increase the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, including HIV and Epstein-Barr infection.
  • Older age – The risk of contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma increases with age, with people over age 60 at the highest risk.
  • Immune system-suppressing medications – People who have had organ transplants are at a higher risk because immunosuppressive therapy reduces your body’s ability to fight new illnesses.