The link between the diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin) and pancreatic cancer has been established in numerous studies. Unfortunately, there is a very high risk of life-threatening Januvia pancreatic cancer complications — including death. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, and complications may include severe abdominal pain, jaundice, weight loss, metastasis (spread of the cancer to other organs), and more. If you believe that Januvia is responsible for pancreatic cancer in you or your loved one, contact our lawyers regarding a Texas Januvia lawsuit today.
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Why are Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Complications So Serious?
Although the link between Januvia (sitagliptin) and pancreatic cancer is inconclusive, potential risks have been established in multiple studies. Because of the high risk of death, pancreatic cancer is one of the most serious complications of Januvia. According to the American Cancer Society, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the country. Only one-fifth of Americans diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive for a full year.
Pancreatic cancer has a high risk of death because:
- More than 95% of people with pancreatic cancer are diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas, which is a highly aggressive cancer of the exocrine cells in the pancreas.
- The disease is rarely diagnosed before it has spread
- Only 20% of people with are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer can have the cancer removed surgically.
- Januvia pancreatic cancer complications are very severe.
Januvia Pancreatic Cancer Complications
Possible Januvia pancreatic cancer complications include:
- Abdominal pain: As pancreatic cancer grows, it can compress nerves in the abdomen and cause severe, debilitating abdominal pain. This may be controlled with pain medications or surgery to stop the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.
- Jaundice (bile duct obstruction): This complication occurs when the tumor obstructs the bile duct from the liver, which causes bile to build up in the liver and increase the amount of bilirubin in the blood. This causes jaundice (a yellowing of the whites of the eyes and/or the skin).
- Bowel obstruction: A very large pancreatic tumor may push down on the intestines and cause an obstruction. Surgery may be necessary to place a stent to open the intestines or attach the stomach to a lower part of the intestines.
- Diabetes: This complication is also one of the first symptoms of Januvia pancreatic cancer. It occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin and glucagon, which normally regulate blood-sugar levels.
- Weight loss: If the pancreas is not functioning, normal digestion may be interrupted, and malnutrition can occur. Weight loss can also occur if pancreatic cancer treatments cause chronic nausea, vomiting, or loss of appetite.
- Infections: Damaged or inflamed pancreatic tissue is highly susceptible to tissue death (necrosis) and bacterial infection, which can lead to septic shock.
- Metastasis of the cancer: Pancreatic cancer is very difficult to treat after it metastasizes (spreads to other tissues). It usually first spreads to the lymph nodes and the liver.
- Death: Pancreatic cancer has a very high mortality rate because it does not produce symptoms or complications in the early stages of the disease.
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