In July of this year the FDA along with Philips America, a health technology company, announced a massive recall of its CPAP and BiPAP devices used to help treat sleep apnea. This recall has affected tens of thousands of people who use these devices to help them sleep.

The problem with these devices is that the sound insulation foam has been found to break down and off-gas chemicals that could lead to various forms of cancer.  

What types of cancers are related to these defective CPAP machines?

The medical science is still looking at the different forms of cancer that could be directly related to CPAP machines and so far the following cancers have been possibly linked:

-Hematopoietic Cancer

          -Kidney Cancer

          -Leukemia (blood cancer)

          -Liver Cancer

          -Lung Cancer

          -Multiple Myeloma

          -Nasal Cancer


          -Stomach Cancer

          -Lymphatic Cancer

Other types of injuries possibly linked to the defective CPAP devices also include:


          -Heart Attack

          -Heart Failure


          -Kidney Cancer

          -Kidney/Renal Failure

          -Kidney/Renal Damage

          -Acute Kidney Infection (AKI)


          -Liver Cancer

          -Liver Failure


          -Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)

          -Lung Cancer

          -Lung Disease

          -Pleural Effusion

          -Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)

          -Respiratory Failure


          -Chemical Poisoning resulting in hospitalization

          -Toxicity resulting in hospitalization

What to do if you have a CPAP or BiPAP Recalled Sleep Apnea Device.

The most important thing is first DO NOT STOP USING YOUR CPAP or BIPAP machine until you speak to your doctor. Second – if you’ve recently been diagnosed with any form of cancer or other health related problem on the list above, contact our law firm and we can begin the process of legally protecting your rights. We will hold Philips America accountable for its lack of warning consumers of its defective CPAP machines. Contact us via the form on this page, or by calling us directly at 1-800-811-1577 Or visit our partner sites CPAP Claim Form.

FDA Guidance for CPAP Users.

  • For patients using BiLevel PAP and CPAP devices: Discontinue use of your device and work with your physician or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment. To continue use of your device due to lack of alternatives, consult with your physician to determine if the benefit of continuing therapy with your device outweighs the risks identified in the recall notification.*
  • For patients using life-sustaining mechanical ventilator devices: Do not stop or alter your prescribed therapy until you have talked to your physician. Philips recognizes that alternate ventilator options for therapy may not exist or may be severely limited for patients who require a ventilator for life-sustaining therapy, or in cases where therapy disruption is unacceptable. In these situations, and at the discretion of the treating clinical team, the benefit of continued usage of these ventilator devices may outweigh the risks identified in the recall notification.*

Philip CPAP Recall Lawsuits – Risk of Cancer Page updated on September 17, 2021.