What Kind of Cancer Can CPAP Machines Cause?

September 3, 2021 | By Riddle & Brantley Accident Injury Lawyers
What Kind of Cancer Can CPAP Machines Cause?

Types of Cancer Potentially Caused by CPAP Machines

What Kind of Cancer Can CPAP Machines Cause

It has been alleged that certain defective Philips CPAP machines cause cancer due to a known product defect. Other potentially dangerous Philips medical devices include BiLevel PAP machines and mechanical ventilators. A major recall has been issued affecting millions of defective medical devices, and CPAP lawsuits are being filed across the United States.

While originally, Philips and others warned that the inhalation or absorption of toxic sound-abating, polyurethane foam particulate may increase the risk of lung cancer, in recent months, speculation has grown that defective CPAP machines may cause other types of cancer, as well.

Cancers potentially caused by degrading foam and "off-gassing" in Philips CPAP machines include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Nasal cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Thryoid cancer
  • Papillary cancer
  • Various types of leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma

Other injuries potentially caused by inhaling or absorbing foam particulates from Philips CPAP machines include:

  • Severe ear, eye, nose, throat, sinus, or oral cavity inflammation and injury including nodules, cysts, and tumors
  • Respiratory problems, including:
    • Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
    • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
    • Recurrent pneumonia
    • New or or worsening asthma
  • Lung damage / lung disease
  • Kidney damage/ kidney disease
  • Liver damage / liver disease
  • Heart problems
  • Sudden respiratory failure leading to heart attack

IMPORTANT: As of June 2024, due to recent developments in the litigation, we can no longer accept Philips CPAP claims.

Cancer and CPAP Machines: What Does the Research Say?

How Do CPAP Machines Potentially Cause Cancer

It is very early in investigations into the potential link between defective CPAP machines and types of cancer. However, to be clear, scientific research indicates there are many types of cancer that may be caused by CPAP machines affected by the defects mentioned in Philips' recall.

Cancers potentially linked to Philips CPAP machines may be caused by two primary processes:

  • Inhalation or absorption of degraded polyurethane foam particulate
  • Inhalation of absorption of "off-gassing" of chemicals from degraded polyurethane foam

Cancers Potentially Caused by Degraded CPAP Foam Particulate

In recalling millions of CPAP machines, BiLevel PAP machines, and mechanical ventilators, Philips said that it had "received reports of possible patient impact due to foam degradation." The sound-abating foam in Philips breathing machines is made of polyurethane, comprised of potentially toxic chemicals which may be harmful when inhaled, absorbed, or swallowed.

Existing research does suggest that degraded foam particulate in defective Philips CPAP machines may enter the airways and lungs, be absorbed, and cause serious health issues, including but not limited to cancers like lung cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, and rectal cancer.

Cancers Potentially Caused by "Off-Gassing" of Polyurethane Decomposition in CPAP Machines

When polyurethane foam degrades, it emits or "off-gases" certain potentially toxic and harmful chemicals, many of which may increase the risk of cancer when inhaled. This effect presents yet more potential kinds of cancer that may be caused by CPAP machines with degraded foam.

Research has linked the following "off-gases" of polyurethane degradation to cancer: 

  • Benzene — Also recently discovered in certain possibly cancer-causing sunscreens, benzene is a dangerous and toxic chemical that has been linked to leukemia, breast cancer, and other lymphatic cancers.
  • PFOS — PFOS, or perfluorooctane sulfanate, can be emitted by the degradation of polyurethane foam, and research suggests it can cause prostate cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, and kidney cancer, and possibly others.
  • Formaldehyde — Formaldehyde has long been known to be toxic, and its inhalation has been linked to nasal cancer.
  • Methylene chlorine — This dangerous "off-gas" of foam degradation (which can occur in certain Philips CPAP and other breathing machines) has been linked to lung cancer, liver cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL), multiple myeloma, and brain cancer.
  • Solvents — Various solvents emitted as gas from degrading polyurethane foam can potentially cause cancer, including lung cancer, bladder cancer, stomach cancer, and potentially others.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) — These dangerous chemicals when inhaled or absorbed may cause nasal cancer.

Was Your Type of Cancer Caused by a CPAP Machine, BiLevel PAP Machine, or Mechanical Ventilator?

IMPORTANT: As of June 2024, due to recent developments in the litigation, we can no longer accept Philips CPAP claims.

Our defective medical device lawyers are actively investigating claims that Philips CPAP machines cause cancer, including kidney cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, and rectal cancer. If you've been diagnosed with cancer after using a Philips CPAP machine or other breathing device, you may be entitled to compensation and we would love to help you get the justice you deserve. Call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE consultation today.

Potential plaintiffs must meet the following criteria to qualify for a Philips CPAP lawsuit:

  • Used a qualifying recalled Philips BiLevel CPAP, Philips CPAP machine, or Philips ventilator
  • Diagnosed with a qualifying cancer or health problem (see list above)
  • Meet criteria re: previous smoking history if affected by lung cancer

Don't wait — our firm is actively investigating these claims and we are ready to help. Call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the convenient form below for a FREE, no-obligation consultation with an experienced CPAP lawsuit attorney.

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Please call 1-800-525-7111 to see if your kind of cancer may have been caused by a CPAP machine and determine if you may qualify for a Philips CPAP lawsuit.

IMPORTANT: As of June 2024, due to recent developments in the litigation, we can no longer accept Philips CPAP claims.

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