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Has Zantac Been Linked to Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Other Cancers?

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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.


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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 30, 2020
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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