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Glyphosate, the core ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed products, is a human carcinogen causing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and other types of lymphoma including multiple myeloma and other diseases. Studies show that prolonged exposure and use of glyphosate-based products, such as Roundup produced by Monsanto, may cause lymphoma cancer types. If you were diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma or other lymphoma types and have been using Roundup weed and grass products at your work or for personal use, our lawyers will help recover the maximum amount of compensation for you and your family.

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How Do Roundup Weed Products Cause Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer?

Glyphosate Cancer-Causing Chemical Exposure

Researchers and scientists have studied the link between Roundup weed killer and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), and have shown that when glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, enters the body, the chemical can change the genetic material of cells so that they multiply endlessly without dying. A new study published in February 2019, has shown a clear link between being exposed to glyphosate and an increase in the risk of developing Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The study was conducted by Luoping Zhang, a toxicologist at the University of California, and it has shown that mice that were exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides had a greater risk of developing NHL.

Ms. Marion Copley, a toxicologist at the EPA has explained the mechanism of how Roundup could cause cancer in human beings and also expressed her concern about the safety of Roundup in her letter dated March 4, 2013. According to Ms. Copley, there are many ways by which Glyphosate, a potent chelator can cause cancer, which include:

  • Inhibition of apoptosis: Chelators interfere with the process of killing of tumor cells in our body (apoptosis), thus leading to the development of cancer.
  • Endocrine disruption: Chelators disrupt endocrine functions and are involved in tumorigenesis (development of tumors).
  • Lymphocyte proliferation: Glyphosate can induce proliferation of lymphocytes.
  • Formation of free radicals: Glyphosate can induce the production of free radicals.
  • Inhibition of free radical scavengers: Chelators can interfere with free radical scavenging enzymes that require Cu, Zn, and Mn for activity.
  • Genotoxicity: Glyphosate is known to be genotoxic, which is an important cancer mechanism.
  • Inhibition of DNA repair: Chelators tend to interfere with the DNA repair enzymes that require metal cofactors.
  • Binding to Zinc: Chelators bind to zinc, which is needed for functions of the immune system.
  • Binding to Calcium: Chelators bind to calcium and make it unavailable for calcineurin-mediated immune response.
  • Immunosuppression: Chelators can suppress the immune system and thus increase susceptibility to tumors.
  • Binding to Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc: Chelators bind to these minerals and cause deficiency of these essential nutrients.
  • Damage to the organs such as kidneys and pancreas: Glyphosate causes damage to kidneys and pancreas that can eventually lead to tumor formation.
  • Changes in clinical chemistry values: Damage to the kidneys and pancreas lead to variations in clinical chemistry that favors the growth of cancerous cells.
  • Loss of gut bacteria: Glyphosate destroys gut bacteria, which in turn affects the immune system because the gastrointestinal system makes up at least 80% of the immune system.

Furthermore, doctors believe that not only does the intensity of the exposure matter, but also the frequency. Dr. Dennis Weisenburger alleged that using Roundup, or any other glyphosate-herbicides, more than two times per year doubles the risk of developing NHL. Now, more and more studies are looking into this matter and are trying to establish a clear link between glyphosate-herbicides and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A lot of people who were exposed to Roundup have developed debilitating diseases which have drastically decreased their quality of life.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Other Lymphoma Cancer Types, All Caused by Glyphosate in Roundup Weed & Grass Products

Roundup Products

Glyphosate is a synthetic non-selective herbicide and crop desiccant that was first introduced in the United States by Monsanto in 1974. It became the key ingredient in arguably the best-known weed and grass products in the entire world, the Roundup line of products that are available on every shelf in stores.

Monsanto, a biotech company that developed Roundup brand products, acted with malice and oppression because they knew what they were doing was wrong and they continued doing it with reckless disregard for human life. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate as a “probably carcinogenic chemical to humans” in 2015.

In the United States, more than 750 glyphosate-containing herbicide products were sold as of 2010. Monsanto owns many of these products, and here is a list of brand names of glyphosate-based herbicides manufactured by Monsanto:

Roundup Glyphosate Containing Products

  • Roundup Ready-To-Use Weed & Grass Killer III (2% Glyphosate) 
  • Roundup Precision Gel (1% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus (18% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Ready-to-use Poison Ivy (1% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Extended Control (1% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Extended Control Concentrate (18% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Poison Ivy Concentrate Plus (18% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Max Control 365 Concentrate (18% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Original (41% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup ProMAX (48.7% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup PRO Concentrate (50.2% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Custom (53.8% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup QuikPRO (73.3% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Weed and Grass Killer Super Concentrate (50.2% Glyphosate)
  • Roundup Ready-To-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II 

Other Glyphosate Based Products

  • Aquamaster®
  • Bronco®
  • Campaign®
  • Expedite®
  • Fallow Master®
  • Honcho®
  • Landmaster®
  • Pondmaster®
  • Protocol®
  • RT 3®
  • Ranger®

Glyphosate-based Herbicides Manufactured by Other Companies

  • Cenex / Land O’Lakes: Silhouette®
  • Dow AgroSciences: Accord®(marketed as Accord XRT II and Accord Concentrate), Durango®, Duramax®, Enlist Duo®(contains glyphosate, chlorine form of 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid and other unlisted ingredients), Glypro®, Glyphomax®, Rodeo®
  • DuPont: Abundit Extra®
  • Helena: Hoss Ultra®, Rattler®, Showdown®
  • Loveland: KleenUp®, Mad Dog®, Mirage®, Makaze®
  • Riverside/Terra: Jury®
  • Syngenta: Touchdown® (Touchdown Hi-Tech, Touchdown IQ, and Touchdown Total)

Roundup (for the garden, lawn or driveway weeds) has been used in public and private gardens, parks, crops, lawns, and many other places, virtually everywhere. We have research that links glyphosate-based herbicide products to both Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of lymphoma cancers.

Our Roundup herbicide attorneys are ready to help families receive compensation for past and future medical bills and other losses. Our standard fee is a 40% contingency fee, which means we accept our fee only when we are able to collect compensation for a client.

Lymphoma Cancer Patients and Family Eligible for Compensation

Glyphosate Cancer Causing Chemical Exposure

Workers may develop these diseases due to using Roundup at their jobs are, a few occupations that are known for heavy use of Roundup weed and grass products are the following:

  • farmworkers
  • garden center employees
  • nursery employees
  • landscapers
  • groundskeepers
  • professional gardeners

Our research shows that heavy use of Roundup products and frequent exposure to the glyphosate have been closely linked to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of lymphoma cancer subtypes:

  • Follicular lymphoma (average treatment costs $125,520/annually)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (average treatment costs $122,450/annually)
  • Mantle cell lymphoma (average treatment costs $105,220/annually)
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (average treatment costs $142,680/annually)
  • Hairy cell leukemia (average treatment costs $133,790/annually)
  • Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (average treatment costs $82,320/annually)
  • Multiple myeloma (average treatment costs $192,440/annually)

Compensation Lymphoma Cancer Patients & Family Members Receive

Depending on the type and severity of lymphoma a person develops, this disease can be a debilitating one, negatively impacting lives. If you or someone in your family have developed lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup, you are entitled to seek monetary compensation for:

  • All the medical expenses after a lymphoma diagnosis;
  • Any lost wages due to inability to continue working due to lymphoma medical treatments;
  • The pain and suffering resulted after a lymphoma diagnosis;
  • Any other economic loses and punitive damages, if applicable.

Monsanto Did Attempt to Coverup the Roundup Dangers

Monsanto is quite adamant at proving that the studies and findings of IARC regarding the harmful effects of its herbicide product Roundup are false. This came into light when a San Francisco federal judge Vince Chhabria unsealed some documents that raise doubts over the agrochemical giant’s practice of research and more importantly the safety of the world’s best-selling herbicide, Roundup. These documents opposed the industry-funded research that had declared Roundup to be relatively safe.

As per the New York Times, the documents released by the court contained Monsanto’s interim emails and also the email communications between the federal regulators and the company. These records provide the following pieces of evidence:

  • Monsanto had got two scientific papers ghostwritten that were later attributed to academics.
  • EPA senior official worked towards avoiding the review of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) that was supposed to be conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The information regarding Roundup being evaluated for carcinogenicity became available to Monsanto well ahead of time, which facilitated their preparation of complete public relations attack.

The Connection Between Glyphosate and Genetically Modified Crops (GMO)

More than 80% of genetically modified crops (GMOs) worldwide have been made to tolerate glyphosate and remain unaffected even if glyphosate-containing weed killers, for instance, Roundup is sprayed. The weed killer will get rid of all plants on the farm apart from this crop. These crops are called glyphosate-tolerant or Roundup Ready crops. The intention behind introducing such crops was to help farmers simplify weed control as they could apply herbicides on their entire field without killing their crops. But, this did not turn out well because weeds became resistant to glyphosate and these “superweeds” caused problems to farmers. In an attempt to control these glyphosate-resistant superweeds, the farmers sprayed more amounts of glyphosate. This resulted in a 239 million kilogram increase in Roundup use in the US between 1996 and 2011. Eventually, people end up eating potentially high levels of Roundup residues through these GMO food crops.

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer Caused by Roundup Products Case Study and Filed Lawsuits

Since the groundbreaking Monsanto lawsuit in August 2018, people have discovered that Roundup and glyphosate may be extremely toxic and people are at risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma if they are exposed to it. People who have been hurt by the massive company have stepped forward and they demanded justice. They have been combined in Multidistrict Litigation lawsuits (MDL), which means that plaintiffs combine their lawsuits and will be tried in court, as hundreds of cases have emerged after they found out about the Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto lawsuit and the IARC study.

It is estimated that 8,000 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, and we believe that even more cases are going to follow since more and more people realize that their cancer might have been caused by years of exposure to Roundup, or other glyphosate-based herbicides.

Medical Treatment Costs for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients and Family Members

Glyphosate Cancer Causing Chemical Exposure

We know that medical costs for lymphoma cancer treatments are expensive, even with insurance, our attorneys are dedicated to helping you and your family members receive compensation for any medical costs and traveling incurred, also recover compensation for pain and suffering and lost wages.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma has four different stages, depending on how severe the disease really is and how much it has spread: stage I, stage II, stage III and stage IV.

Common Types of Treatments & Costs For Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Other Lymphoma Patients

The most common types of treatments available for lymphoma patients along with estimated costs (patient with aggressive types of lymphoma cancer have an average double the costs below, compared to those with indolent lymphoma types) are the following:

  • Chemotherapy ($7,000 per session): This is a drug that is given orally or intravenously; this medicine is used because it attacks and kills cancer cells; To increase effectiveness, chemotherapy may be used in combination with other types of treatments;
  • Radiotherapy ($12,000 per year): This type of treatment uses targets radiation towards the specific part of your body where the cancer is located; Radiation is used in order to kill the cancerous cells and make sure that they do not metastasize;
  • High-Dose Chemotherapy and Bone Marrow Transplant ($800,000 per transplant): If the initial chemotherapy treatment did not yield results, the doctor may increase the dosage of the drugs; Because of this, however, the bone marrow will be severely damaged, so a bone marrow transplant will be necessary;
  • Other Types Of Medication ($17,000 per year): Due to the significant advancement of medicine, scientists have discovered a new way to fight non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; One such way is by using monoclonal antibody; They signal the body’s immune system to target and attack the cancerous cells in order to destroy them;
  • Surgery ($17,000 per procedure): Lymph node removal surgery and also biopsies are performed rarely, only if the primary focus of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is located in the stomach, spleen or the thyroid gland. During recent years, the preference in the treatment of isolated forms of NHL is more often given to radiation therapy.
  • Palliative treatment ($3,000 per admission): This type of treatment relieves the symptoms of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as well as the side effects of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma treatments. It can be given along with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma treatment as well as in terminal stage when the other treatments are no longer working.

Newer Treatments & Costs For Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Other Lymphoma Cancer Patients

  • Stem cells transplant ($350,000 to $800,000 per transplant): It is prescribed in cases of bone marrow lesion. Donor’s stem cells transplant (allotransplantation) and the patient’s own stem cells transplant(autotransplantation) can be performed. Donor’s stem cells transplant is considered to be more effective but it is more dangerous for the patient.
  • Targeted therapy ($30,000 per month): uses medications that destroy the tumor cells and have minimal impact on healthy tissues. The following type of drugs is used for this treatment: Proteasome inhibitors, HDAC inhibitors and Kinase inhibitors. Targeted therapy is a newer type of NHL treatment using drugs or other substances drugs to identify precisely and attack cancer cells.
  • Immunotherapy (up to $100,000 per year): The immune system may help fight lymphoma cancer. Scientists are working to develop ways to encourage this immune reaction. This type of therapy uses Monoclonal antibodies ($100,000 per year), Immune checkpoint inhibitors, Immunomodulating drugs, CAR T-cell therapy ($50,000 one-time treatment).
  • Lymphoma vaccines ($30,000 per vaccine): These vaccines are designed not to prevent but help treat Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and other types of lymphoma. The goal is to create an immune reaction against lymphoma cells in patients at a very early stage or in patients with remission. Lymphoma vaccines are only available in clinical trials, at this time.

Even though the treatment may be successful and the cancer cells are completely destroyed, common side-effects after lymphoma treatments are:

  • Fatigue
  • Tiredness
  • Skin rashes
  • Hair loss
  • Infertility
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fever and chills

Understanding How and Why Monsanto Used Glyphosate Chemical Causing Cancer in Their Roundup Products

Monsanto is a company that has left its mark on the world’s history, getting it harder and harder to distinguish between fame and infamy. Just like in cases about asbestos, it is absolutely horrible for people to continuously use a product thinking it is safe, when in reality it was slowly killing them. The attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group want to defend people from such a terrible fate, and we aim to go toe-to-toe even with a company with such a long history.

  • 1901 - Monsanto is founded in St. Louis, Missouri;
  • 1965 - Monsanto begins producing Agent Orange, a very toxic herbicide and defoliant used in the Vietnam War;
  • 1974 - Monsanto brings to the market the glyphosate-based herbicide called Roundup;
  • 1996 - Monsanto develops the first “Roundup Ready” crops; These are plant seeds which are genetically modified so they are not affected by the Roundup herbicide;
  • 1996 - Monsanto is sued by the New York State attorney general for misleading advertising, saying that their glyphosate-based herbicides were “safer than table salt”;
  • 2001 - The American Association for Cancer Research published a study researching if herbicides could cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A link was found between glyphosate-exposure and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma;
  • 2003 - An American study was published, researching the link between pesticide and herbicide exposure and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in farms. Several of these substances were found to be linked with an increased chance of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, one of these being glyphosate;
  • 2008 - A Swedish study was published, researching if exposure to pesticides would increase the chance of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in men and women aged between 18 and 74 years old. At the end of the study, the researchers claimed: “In conclusion, our study confirmed an association between exposure to phenoxyacetic acids and NHL and the association with glyphosate was considerably strengthened.”;
  • 2009 - Monsanto is confirmed to have been convicted of false advertising in a French court, after saying that Roundup left the soil clean; The European Union classified it Roundup as being “dangerous for the environment”;
  • 2013 - Entropy, a Switzerland-based scientific journal, concludes that glyphosate enhances chemical residues and environmental toxins, saying that “Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.” They write that among other negative consequences that glyphosate can have on the body, one of them is cancer;
  • 2014 - A study was published, researching the link between occupational exposure to pesticides and farmland workers. At the end of the study, they found out that “In a handful of papers, associations between pesticides and NHL subtypes were reported; B cell lymphoma was positively associated with phenoxy herbicides and the organophosphorus herbicide glyphosate.”;
  • 2015 - The International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization) places glyphosate in Group 2A, meaning that they found it to be “probably carcinogenic to humans”; This year, people begin to file the first lawsuits against Monsanto, alleging that they have developed cancer because of the product;
  • 2016 - The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal, publishes a study, concluding that glyphosate is associated with “a high risk of cutaneous melanoma”, AKA skin cancer;
  • 2018 - The first Roundup lawsuit to go to trial results in the plaintiff winning $289 million; Dwayne Johnson is a former groundskeeper who says that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to glyphosate; This year, Bayer, a German multinational company, acquires Monsanto for $66 billion; They intend to discontinue the Monsanto name, as an attempt to try and recover some trust from the public;

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis, Connection to Glyphosate in Roundup Pesticides Products

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is often misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis is also very common. It is important to connect the dots sooner rather than later, if Roundup(containing cancer-causing chemical glyphosate) use was a possibility then early tests and a diagnosis are extremely important for the course of treatment. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma symptoms are very similar to other illnesses, such as influenza, HIV, mononucleosis and infections. If it is misdiagnosed, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can metastasize and spread very quickly to other parts of the body, hence lower chances of survival and a low prognosis.

Here are a few tests that hospitals and doctors do in order to properly diagnose Non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients:

  • Biopsy: the doctor will remove a small part of the lymph node and study it to see if there are cancer cells present in it; even if they find them, further tests will be required in order to make a precise diagnosis;
  • Blood tests: the doctor will take a sample of blood to study it and check the overall health of the body and see how much the cancer has affected it;
  • Bone marrow sample: the doctor will use a long needle to extract a sample of bone marrow from the patient’s pelvis; this is very important, because this way he will check if the cancer has affected the bone marrow; if the disease has gotten that far, more powerful treatments will be administered;
  • Chest X-ray: the doctor will do a chest X-ray in order to see if there are any enlarged lymph nodes there and if the cancer has spread to the lungs;
  • Lumbar puncture: the doctor will insert a long needle between the bones of the spine in order to extract a sample of spinal fluid; he will then check to see if there are cancer cell inside it; this is a good way to test what stage the lymphoma is in and what the appropriate treatments are;

A proper diagnosis may take some time, as professional doctors know that this is a very delicate matter and they need to be 100% sure about their diagnosis in order to move forward. However, if you know you used Roundup a lot at your job or at home let the medical staff know so they can speed up the diagnosis process and tests.