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).
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
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
- 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.