Most types of thyroid cancer produce symptoms before the disease becomes life-threatening. Janumet thyroid cancer symptoms may include a lump on the neck, coughing, hoarseness, voice changes, swollen lymph nodes, and more.
Janumet and Thyroid Cancer
Janumet is a type-2 diabetes drug created by Merck that contains two anti-diabetes medications: sitagliptin and metformin. Although metformin has a long history of treating diabetes, sitagliptin has only been on the market for a few years. In its short history, it has already been linked to several cases of thyroid cancer, according to a study published in 2011 in Gastroenterology.
It is still unknown whether Janumet causes thyroid cancer, because studies of cancer often take many years to complete. However, in the meantime, it is a good idea to be aware of possible Janumet thyroid cancer symptoms.
The thyroid gland is located in the lower-front and center part of the neck. It is roughly shaped like a butterfly, with two lobes that wrap around the front of the neck. When cancer occurs in this area, it usually produces noticeable symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Sometimes, slow-growing tumors go unnoticed until a doctor performs a physical examination of the thyroid gland.
What are the Janumet Thyroid Cancer Symptoms?
Janumet thyroid cancer symptoms could include:
- Lump or nodule on the throat or neck: Located on the front, center, and middle of the neck or throat.
- Swelling in the neck or throat
- Throat pain or tenderness: May extend to the ears
- Changes in voice: Because the larynx (voice box) and the thyroid gland are located very close, a growing tumor may cause changes in voice tone or speaking ability.
- Cough or hoarseness: Cannot be explained by an illness
- “Breathy” voice
- Problems swallowing or breathing: This can occur if the tumor grows aggressively into tissues in the throat.
- Swollen or tender lymph nodes