Researchers have found a potential increased risk of thyroid cancer in people with type-2 diabetes who use Januvia (sitagliptin) to help control their blood-sugar levels.
Januvia Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis & Tests
Januvia (sitagliptin) has been linked to two cases of thyroid cancer, according to a study published in Gastroenterology in 2011. Although no one can say whether Januvia causes thyroid cancer, this study raises concern about the potential risk that more people will face a Januvia thyroid cancer diagnosis.
Individuals who have a Januvia thyroid cancer diagnosis may need to undergo the following medical tests:
- Physical examination: Thyroid cancer is often first detected when a doctor or patient feels an unusual lump on the thyroid gland, located in the front and center of the neck under a thin layer of skin. Small, slow-growing tumors may go unnoticed.
- Blood tests: Thyroid cancer may be suspected if a blood test finds high levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)
- Imaging tests
- Ultrasound: This minimally-invasive test creates a picture of internal organs using high-frequency sound waves that bounce off tissues in the body. It may be used to help collect a biopsy.
- Computed Tomography (CT) scan: This test creates a picture of internal organs using multiple X-rays, which are assembled into a 3D image using a computer.
- Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI): This test uses magnetic waves instead of X-rays to create a 3D image of the body. It is much better than a CT scan for making images of soft tissues or organs (such as the thyroid gland).
- Biopsy: When symptoms and tests point toward a Januvia thyroid cancer diagnosis, the patient will need to have a biopsy (tissue sample) removed from the thyroid gland. It will be examined by a pathologist, who will look for cancerous cells. This is the only way to be sure about a Januvia thyroid cancer diagnosis.
- Ultrasound-guided needle biopsy: This type of biopsy uses a hollow needle, which is guided into the thyroid gland using an ultrasound machine.
Have You Had a Januvia Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis?
After a Januvia thyroid cancer diagnosis, it is important to go through appropriate medical care. Unfortunately, extensive diagnostic tests and exams can be very expensive, time-consuming, and debilitating.
If you were unaware of the risk of side effects before your Januvia thyroid cancer diagnosis, you are not alone. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you could potentially receive compensation for your medical expenses, future medical care, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.