Patients who take Byetta (exenatide), a type-2 diabetes medication, may be at risk of developing thyroid cancer. To diagnose thyroid cancer, a patient may require blood tests, imaging tests, and more. However, thyroid cancer can only be conclusively diagnosed with a biopsy (tissue sample).
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Byetta and Diagnosis of Thyroid Cancer
If a doctor suspects that you have thyroid cancer, you may be asked about your family history and any risk factors. Because Byetta (exenatide) is a possible risk factor for thyroid cancer, your doctor may talk to you about switching diabetes medications.
The only way to know to diagnose thyroid cancer is with a tissue sample (biopsy), in which cells are removed and examined under a microscope. Symptoms like a lump in the neck, pain, or swelling might indicate thyroid cancer, but tests will be necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
Thyroid Cancer Tests and Diagnosis
Thyroid cancer is commonly diagnosed with the following tests:
- Physical exam: Thyroid cancer often goes unnoticed until a doctor feels the thyroid for lumps (nodules). The lymph nodes, which are located on each side of the neck, may also be swollen.
- Blood tests: This will measure the level of a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the body. Although blood tests cannot diagnose thyroid cancer, high levels of TSH can be used to evaluate they thyroid’s activity and look for signs of hyperthyroidism.
- Ultrasound: This imaging test uses sound waves to make images of the body. Nodules that are fluid-filled are not usually cancerous, but solid nodules may be cancerous.
- Radioactive thyroid scan: In this test, a patient swallows a small amount of radioactive iodine. The thyroid tissue absorbs this substance, and then a special camera is pointed at the thyroid gland. If a nodule in the thyroid does not absorb the substance, it could be cancerous.
- Tissue biopsy (may be guided by an ultrasound): Thyroid cancer can only be conclusively diagnosed with a biopsy. A doctor removes a sample of tissue from the thyroid gland (either with a needle or with surgery), and a pathologist examines the sample under a microscope to look for cancer cells.
If You Were Diagnosed with Byetta Thyroid Cancer
If you were diagnosed with thyroid cancer and you believe Byetta is responsible, contact our Byetta lawyers regarding a potential lawsuit. You may be able to seek financial compensation for the following damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Permanent injuries, disability
- Lost income
- Wrongful death of your loved one
- And more
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