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Abdominal Cancer

 

Overview Of Abdominal Cancer

bdominal cancer is a type of cancer that occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in the abdomen, the area between the lower chest and the groin. The abdomen consists of many organs, including the stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, esophagus, and numerous blood vessels. Abdominal cancer is a general term for a variety of cancers.

Common forms of abdominal cancers include:

Rare forms of abdominal cancer include:

 

  • Adrenocortical cancer (cancer of the adrenal glands, a pair of organs that produce hormones)

  • Primary peritoneal cancer (cancer of the lining of the inside of the abdomen that covers many abdominal organs)

  • Peritoneal mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the inside of the abdomen that is caused by exposure to asbestos)

Symptoms Of Abdominal Cancer

Symptoms of abdominal cancer vary depending on the specific type of cancer, stage of advancement, and other factors. Many people experience no symptoms in the early stages of some forms of abdominal cancer, such as colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer. Symptoms of abdominal cancer can also be vague and similar to symptoms of other diseases, disorders and conditions.

Symptoms of abdominal cancer can be similar to symptoms of other conditions. These symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Itchy skin

  • Loss of appetite

  • Night sweats

  • Weight loss

  • Abdominal mass or swelling

  • Anemia

  • Hematuria (bloody urine)

  • Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin)

  • Pallor (very pale skin)

  • Shortness of breath

Causes Of Abdominal Cancer

Abdominal cancer occurs when old or damaged cells divide and multiply uncontrollably. The underlying cause of this varies depending on the specific form of cancer. For example:

  • Colorectal cancer commonly develops from adenomatous intestinal polyps in the colon that are not removed while still benign.

  • Liver cancer is often caused by certain types of liver disease, often chronic hepatitis B or C infection or alcoholism. Liver cancer can also be caused by another cancer in the body that spreads to the liver.

  • Stomach cancer is linked to significant risk factors but the exact cause is not known.

  • Pancreatic cancer is linked to significant risk factors but the exact cause is not known.

  • Renal cancer is not linked to a specific risk factor in most cases.

  • Peritoneal mesothelioma, or cancer of the lining of the inside of the abdomen, is caused by exposure to asbestos.

In addition, metastasis from other areas, such as the ovaries, is a key concern.

Abdominal Cancer And Zantac

Brand-name Zantac products are commonly used in the United States and worldwide to treat issues such as heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers.

Recent concerns have emerged about the safety of Zantac, however, in response to alarming test results out of the laboratory of online pharmacy, Valisure. These test results showed unsafe levels of a carcinogenic (cancerous) chemical known as NDMA in their tested Zantac products.

One of the types of cancer linked to overexposure to NDMA is Abdominal Cancer. 

Many people who have taken Zantac regularly, or have lost a loved one to cancer after using Zantac products, are now suing Zantac drugmakers for failing to disclose the potential link between use of their products and various cancers.

How To Know If Zantac Caused Your Abdominal Cancer

Zantac is a brand name for the generic drug, ranitidine. Not all ranitidine products are necessarily believed to be contaminated with dangerous amounts of NDMA, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

If you are concerned about your risk for developing Abdominal Cancer after taking Zantac, or wish to know if Zantac caused your Abdominal Cancer, your best course of action is to talk to your doctor or cancer treatment team. Your doctor can evaluate your risk, or probable causes of your Abdominal Cancer through careful consideration of your medical history and Zantac use.

At this time, the FDA does not know how many people are likely to have been affected by the toxic amounts of NDMA in Zantac and ranitidine products. An investigation into the scope of the issue and the likelihood of developing cancer after taking Zantac is currently ongoing.

What To Do If You Think Zantac Caused Your Abdominal Cancer

If you were diagnosed with Leukemia after taking Zantac regularly for a health problem, you are not alone. Several class action and individual lawsuits have been filed across the U.S. by individuals and loved ones who received a cancer diagnosis after taking Zantac or ranitidine products.

The basis for these lawsuits is generally one of negligence. Negligence is a legal theory in personal injury law that traces personal injury or wrongful death to the negligent behavior of an individual or entity—such as a business or pharmaceutical company.

In the context of recent Zantac lawsuits, the negligence of named defendants (Zantac drugmakers) refers to their failure to properly warn the government, healthcare providers, and the public of the amount of NDMA in their drugs, violating U.S. consumer protection laws.

The types of Zantac cancer lawsuits that have been filed include:

  • product liability (defective drug) lawsuits

  • personal injury lawsuits

  • wrongful death lawsuits

 

Several plaintiffs who have taken legal action against Zantac drugmakers have not been diagnosed with cancer, but are nonetheless seeking compensation for the amount of money spent on Zantac through their regular use of the drugs.

If you’ve been diagnosed with Abdominal Cancer after taking Zantac and experienced significant financial or emotional distress, an attorney will likely recommend filing an individual lawsuit to seek fair compensation for your losses. You may be eligible to file a zantac lawsuit for Abdominal Cancer.

You can determine your eligibility for filing an individual lawsuit by speaking to an experienced dangerous drug attorney.

 
 
 
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