Brain cancer

Obesity is a serious issue, and the Belviq was the first FDA approved drug for weight management. However, a recent clinical study by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which evaluated 12,000 patients over five years, discovered that those who consumed weight loss pills belviq were diagnosed with cancer compared to those who took an inactive treatment. Majorly the patients were diagnosed with pancreatic, colorectal, and most common type of lung cancer. A severe additional side effect of Belviq Weight Loss is Brain Cancer. It is an uncommon cancer, andnot much is known about it. Read on to find out more.


The growth of abnormal cells in the brain forms a brain tumor. There are different types of tumors, some non-cancerous and some cancerous. Brain cancer begins primarily in the brain but can also spread from other parts of the body to the brain. True brain cancers arise in the brain only. The kind of cancer depends on the type of cell that gives rise to the tumor. The growth rate of the tumor varies greatly, and its grade determines the aggressiveness of cancer. The stage of cancer indicates the extent of its spread. The tumor’s location determines the effect on the nervous system, and size and type determines the treatment.

What is brain cancer?

It is a disease of the brain in which malignant cells arise in the brain tissue, causing cancer. The cells grow to form a tumor (mass of cancer tissue). The tumor interferes with normal body functions like sensation, muscle control, and memory. Brain cancer is considered uncommon because only 1.4% of cancer patients develop it every year. According to the American Cancer Society, 16,050 deaths of 23,770 cases are estimated per year. It is a chronic condition, and only 5% of tumors are hereditary.

Metastatic brain cancer is caused due to cancer cells that develop in the lungs or lymphatic system and spread via a direct extension. Tumors by these cancer cells spread(metastasize) to other organs, and that’s why they are called metastatic tumors. Metastatic tumors are more common than primary brain tumors in adults.


There are about 15 types of common brain tumors. They are named after the brain tissue type where the tumor developed from. Glioblastomas (grade III glioma) is a highly aggressive tumor. The names of primitive neuroectodermal tumors and its subtypes reflect different types of cells in the healthy brain that can become cancers. The doctor understands the severity of cancer by its name and grade. In the case of the brain, even benign tumors can create severe issues if they grow big. Big benign tumors such as grade I acoustic neuroma obstruct vascular structures or cerebrospinal fluid flow and cause intracranial pressure. There are four grades of brain cancers from benign to most aggressive. Also, there are four stages of cancer. The highest stage indicates that cancer has spread to other parts of the body.


The causes of brain cancer are difficult to prove. The transformation of healthy cells to cancer cells is not fully understood for both primary and metastatic brain tumors. The data shows that certain risk factors increase the likelihood of developing brain cancer. One such factor is the consumption of diet pills belviq. Other factors are as follows

  • People working in oil refineries and rubber industry or those who handle chemicals like benzene and jet fuel.
  • Smoking and viral infection like HIV are also believed to be the causes.
  • Aspartame- an artificial sweetener is another unproven cause.
  • DNA mutation is responsible for primary brain tumors.
  • Other cancers like cancer of lung and colon -appetite suppressant pills side effects.
  • Exposure to radiation such as radiation therapy used to treat cancer.


The symptoms of the tumor depend on its location, size, and rate of growth. The symptoms vary greatly, and none of the symptoms can be a clear indication of brain cancer. A few brain tumors such as meningeal and pituitary gland tumors produce few or no symptoms at all. The early warning is very rare, but here are some common symptoms:

  • Severe headaches and change in the pattern of headaches.
  • Weakness and gradual loss of sensation in arms and legs.
  • Difficulty in walking and balancing.
  • Seizures.
  • Unreasonable vomiting or nausea.
  • Vision and hearing problems.
  • Speech difficulty and perplexing behavior.
  • Hallucination.
  • Memory and coordination issues.
  • Pins and needles sensations.

Diagnosis and treatment

If you have some of the symptoms mentioned above and/or you have used belviq weight loss pills in the past, you should make an appointment with a neurologist. The initial test includes physical examination and an interview about family history. If required, specific tests are done and they include CT scans and MRIs.
The treatment plan is particular and constructed by a brain cancer specialist. The treatment depends on the cancer type, tumor size, location, age, and health status. The majorly available treatments are:

Surgery- Surgical therapy focuses on removing tumor cells by cutting the tumor away. It is an invasive surgery and is not suitable for all types of brain cancers

Chemotherapy- Using chemicals to destroy tumor cells like Avastin is used for the treatment of glioblastomas.

Radiation Therapy- It is a non-surgical procedure that uses high energy radiation to destroy tumor cells

If you or a friend was taking Belviq and was later diagnosed with brain cancer, contact us to know your potential options for suing the drug manufacturers. We are fully dedicated to the Belviq Weight Loss Lawsuit, and our experienced team would feel privileged to assist you.

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