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Is it safe for breast cancer survivor to use victoza (liraglutide) for diabetes because the drug has thyroid cancer risk? I am worried.

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Go ahead

The stuff causes overgrowth of c-cells in the thyroid in rodents, but the risk for humans is probably negligible / primarily in the minds of the lawyers.
Nobody's got even a theoretical risk to breast cancer.

In brief: Go ahead

The stuff causes overgrowth of c-cells in the thyroid in rodents, but the risk for humans is probably negligible / primarily in the minds of the lawyers.
Nobody's got even a theoretical risk to breast cancer.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Sumana Gangi
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Victoza (liraglutide)

Victoza (liraglutide) is shown to cause medullary thyroid cancer (very rare cancer in humans)in rats.
. Human incidence not known.. No association with breast cancer.

In brief: Victoza (liraglutide)

Victoza (liraglutide) is shown to cause medullary thyroid cancer (very rare cancer in humans)in rats.
. Human incidence not known.. No association with breast cancer.
Dr. Sumana Gangi
Dr. Sumana Gangi
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Dr. Alan Feldman
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology

In brief: Safe

There is an extremely small theoretic risk of getting a very rare type of thyroid cancer, called medullary thyroid cancer. This possibility was really only noted in rats during investigation of the drug.
No increased incidence of this cancer has been found in people. It is a very effective and useful medication for diabetes. The benefits greatly outweigh any small risk of cancer.

In brief: Safe

There is an extremely small theoretic risk of getting a very rare type of thyroid cancer, called medullary thyroid cancer. This possibility was really only noted in rats during investigation of the drug.
No increased incidence of this cancer has been found in people. It is a very effective and useful medication for diabetes. The benefits greatly outweigh any small risk of cancer.
Dr. Alan Feldman
Dr. Alan Feldman
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