Lawsuits are being filed against the Monsanto Company alleging that its popular Roundup weed killer causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a deadly type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one got cancer from Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Monsanto and our lawyers can help.
Update: Roundup Cancer Trial Moves Forward
July 12, 2018 – Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer advanced a crucial step forward on Thursday when a judge in San Francisco Superior Court ruled that a cancer victim could present expert testimony linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said evidence linking glyphosate was “rather weak”; however, he also affirmed that the opinions of 3 experts linking the weed killer to cancer were relevant, and not tantamount to “junk science.”
Roundup Cancer Studies
Concerns about the safety of Roundup herbicide have plagued Monsanto for decades. Those fears have only grown after the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 declared that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — was ‘probably carcinogenic’ to humans based on evidence from the following studies:
- In 2008, a study published in the International Journal of Cancer found a doubled increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among men who were exposed to glyphosate.
- Research published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in September 2003 found a 60% increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma based on data from three large clinical studies of U.S. farmworkers.
- A November 2001 study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers found that higher exposures to glyphosate were associated with increased rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
What is Lymphoma?
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in the lymph system in white blood cells called lymphocytes. When these cells become abnormal, they don’t protect the body from infection or disease. They also grow out of control and form lumps of tissue called tumors.
Lymphomas are either Hodgkin lymphomas or non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Hodgkin lymphomas have a type of cell called Reed-Sternberg cells. Lymphomas without these cells are non-Hodgkin lymphomas.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Swollen abdomen
- Feeling full after only a small amount of food
- Chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath or cough
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- Low red blood cell counts (anemia)
Treatment options for non-Hodgkin lymphoma depend on the stage of the cancer, symptoms, age and overall health of the patient. Once these are determined, treatments may include one or more of the following:
- Radiation therapy
- Proton therapy
- Stem cell transplantation
- Watchful waiting
Prognosis and Survival Rate
Survival rates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma vary widely, depending on stage of the cancer, age of the patient, and other variables. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the overall 5-year relative survival rate for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma is 67% and the 10-year relative survival rate is 55%.
Roundup Cancer Litigation Status
In September 2016, a panel of judges consolidated all federal lawsuits alleging cancer from Roundup in a multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2741) in the Northern District of California before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria. The complaints allege that Monsanto knew or should have known that exposure to glyphosate may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer.
Do I Have a Roundup Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were diagnosed with any type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup weed killer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.