Trouble paying for bladder cancer treatment? Actos Lawyers can help.
The association between Actos and bladder cancer was recently affirmed by an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in which Dr. Joan Stephenson wrote: “The use of diabetes drug pioglitazone for more than 1 year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned on June 15.”
It is often expensive to seek bladder cancer treatment, and Actos has been shown to increase the risk of bladder cancer. If your cancer was likely related to your Actos usage, you do not have to bear the double burden of having cancer and paying for treatment. You have the right to seek compensation.
Weitz & Luxenberg offers a free legal consultation, so you can talk with knowledgeable, experienced professionals before you make an important decision about your future. There is no cost or obligation when you call us at 1-800-476-6070 or fill out a form on our site. Our aim is to let you know your legal options, and should you choose to pursue them, to help you seek compensation for your losses. We can help you file an Actos lawsuit today.
What are your options for bladder cancer treatment?
There are different types of treatment for patients with bladder cancer. Four types of standard treatment are used to treat patients with bladder cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute:
- Surgery: removing the cancer in an operation.
- Radiation therapy: using high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or retard their growth.
- Chemotherapy: drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing and reproducing.
- Biologic therapy: a treatment that uses the patient’s immune system to fight cancer.
To remove the bladder cancer, the doctor may perform one of the following surgeries:
Transurethral resection (TUR) with fulguration: A lighted tube with a small wire loop on the end is inserted in to the urethra, and the surgeon uses it to cut out the tumor or to burn it with high-energy electricity.
Radical cystectomy: The doctor removes the bladder and any lymph nodes and nearby organs contaminated with cancer cells. Doctors perform a radical cystectomy when the bladder cancer invades the muscle wall, or when the tumor takes up a large part of the bladder.
Segmental cystectomy: Surgeons remove only part of the bladder, when a patient has “a low-grade tumor that has invaded the wall of the bladder but is limited to one area of the bladder.” The NCI notes that “because only a part of the bladder is removed, patients are able to urinate normally after recovering from this surgery.”
Urinary diversion: Surgery to make a new way for the body to hold urine (in place of a bladder) and to pass urine. This would be necessary after radical cystectomy.
In addition to urinary diversion, another treatment that can follow the cancer removal part of the surgery is adjuvant chemotherapy. Adjuvant therapy is any treatment given after surgery to lower the risk that the cancer will return. It can be radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biotherapy, or any combination of the three.
Make your bladder cancer treatment decisions based on effectiveness, not cost. An Actos lawsuit can help you pay for the best medical care.
You deserve the best possible bladder cancer treatment. If Actos was a significant factor in your developing bladder cancer or experiencing a recurrence in bladder cancer, you have the right to seek compensation. Contact us for more information. It costs nothing to learn more about your legal options.
- The Journal of the American Medical Association, July 13, 2011—Vol 306, No. 2.
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