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CPAP (Phillips recall) and Cancer

Blood Cancers & Disorders | Last Active: Dec 29, 2023 | Replies (60)

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Hello @johnra – John, I see this is your first post.
Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, an online community where people can share experiences and ask each other questions about any health issue.
We are not medical professionals who can offer medical advice.

I see the recall by Phillips you refer to is due to the filter media that has been used which could cause some health issues.
I would expect that there are many people who use CPAP machines that have a variety of illnesses, where the CPAP would not be relevant cause in any way. (not dismissing that it could not be however)
Being a cancer survivor myself, I can understand why you are seeking a reason for your diagnosis. I know for me, I ask myself quite often, why did this happen to me? I usually end at things just happen in most cases.

Are you on a particular treatment for CEL?
How are you feeling?

Stay safe,

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Hello Bob,
The company that makes the Respironics CPAP mentions in its own recall notice that the emissions from their equipment could cause cancer. So, if possible, I am going to hold them responsible for their error. I only ask about others so that they may know that they may have recourse.
I have been taking taking hydroxyurea for approximately ten months, and feel well.
I will keep the board up to date with my legal actions.


I am 54 and have never smoked or used any drugs. I have worked in an automotive factory for 20 years as an engineer. I have used my CPAP machine for 5 years and at the age of 50 was diagnosed with CLL.

Hello Bob,

John is not the only CPAP user that has been diagnosed with cancer. There are many others who are also battling cancer after having used Philips CPAP machines. This fact has already been established. When there is a clear pattern, across many people, over a reasonable period of time, that share a similar experience, then a correlation can be established. Yes, John’s concerns are very legitimate!