The prescription Type-2 diabetes medication Actos has been linked to a profoundly increased risk of developing bladder cancer. People who took this drug as prescribed for longer than a year have a 40% higher incidence of becoming afflicted with this terrible illness. One of the most common treatments for bladder cancer is radiation therapy.
If you took the Type-2 diabetes medication Actos and developed bladder cancer, the Actos lawsuit counsel of Williams Kherkher may be able to help you through this difficult time in your life. Contact us at 800-641-9810 today to learn more about how an experienced attorney can help you.
The Effects of Radiation Treatment
Radiation therapy is usually used in conjunction with chemotherapy in an effort to slow or stop the spread of cancer. Radiation therapy is administered in two ways. External radiation therapy is given using machines called linear accelerators that fire targeted beams of radiation deep into cancer tissues. Internal radiation therapy, brachytherapy, is administered by implanting a radioactive substance nearby or directly into cancer cells.
The goal of radiation therapy is to damage the ability of cancer cells to multiply. Eventually, they die and are expelled naturally by the body. Radiation therapy damages normal cells as well, but they can repair themselves in ways cancer cells are not able to do. Because healthy cells are damaged alongside the cancerous ones, radiation therapy is tough on the body. It has many side effects, some of which include:
- Tissue scarring
- Urinary pain
- Permanent darkening of skin on radiation site
- Hair loss
When used with surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy has been shown to increase chances for survival.
If you have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the Type-2 diabetes drug Actos, you might be able to hold the pharmaceutical company liable for your medical expenses and other damages. The Actos lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher will fight for you, allowing you to focus on your recovery. Contact us by calling 800-641-9810 today.