No one ever expects that they will suffer from cancer. A devastating diagnosis even when caught early, it is a scary piece of news to learn about yourself and has the ability to change your life drastically. Even with new medications, drugs, and therapies used to treat cancer, patients can experience other stressors like how they will pay their medical bills, what the drugs they will have to take will do to them, and if the drug will have the ability to rid cancer from their system.
Another worry people often have is “will the cancer drugs make me lose my hair?” Though the chemotherapy used to treat the disease unfortunately often will, the hair loss is temporary, and once the chemo treatments are complete the patient’s hair begins to grow back. However, with one drug called Taxotere having been used in recent years, some patients are starting to experience permanent hair loss because of it.
Taxotere is an intravenous chemotherapy medicine used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, some lung cancers, prostate cancer, and stomach cancer. Like many chemotherapy treatments, the drug may result in temporary hair loss, but it may also cause permanent hair loss. Now, the manufacturer of Taxotere, Sanofi, is under investigation. The company may have known about the risks of permanent alopecia, but failed to warn patients of the possibility.
Failure to adequately warn users of the side effects and risks of taking a drug is grounds for a lawsuit. By coming forward as a patient who has experienced permanent hair loss due to being administered the drug Taxotere, you can hold the manufacturer accountable for unethical activities, secure fair compensation for your loss, and help other victims find justice. If you experienced permanent hair loss or another serious side effect without proper warning, please reach out to the team offering nationwide Taxotere legal services at Rosenberg & Gluck LLP today.
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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN TAXOTERE LABELING
As of December 2015, the FDA requires all Taxotere documentation to properly warn patients about the drug’s risk of permanent hair loss. However, many have claimed that it is too little too late, as plenty of patients who received Taxotere as part of their cancer treatment must now deal with alopecia as an additional side effect. If you or a loved one suffered permanent hair loss after this date, our team will explore your case and determine if you were adequately warned at the time you started receiving treatments.
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UNDERSTANDING CHEMOTHERAPY SIDE EFFECTS
Patients typically associate many chemotherapy treatments with harsh side effects. All chemotherapy drugs are powerful and may affect every part of the body, including healthy tissues. Some of the most common side effects patients experience include temporary hair loss, fatigue, rash, nausea, and fever. Although there is an understandable level of risk that patients accept before they begin treatments, any unlisted or inadequately described side effect is not acceptable.
Taxotere, in particular, is part of a class of medications derived from plants. The medicine targets specific cells during certain parts of their cell cycle. Rapid cell division is the hallmark of cancer, and targeting cells before, during, and after the division process leads to cell death and the reduction or elimination of the cancerous cells. Many chemotherapy treatments work in a similar manner, and all have varying degrees of side effects.
THE EFFECTS OF PERMANENT HAIR LOSS (ALOPECIA)
Temporary hair loss is undesirable but manageable. Permanent hair loss, on the other hand, can have devastating emotional consequences. Those who lose all or part of their hair may suffer from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues associated with cancer treatment. For women and men, the realization alone is an unintended consequence that seriously affects the quality of life. Faced with the reality of wearing hairpieces or undergoing painful and expensive hair regrowth therapies can worsen the aftereffects of the loss.
Of the people who were affected by Taxotere, one woman asserted that would have rather not been administered any chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer than go through it and end up with permanent hair loss. With the alopecia, most patients who attempted treatment for it were unsuccessful in growing back any new hair, and the hair that did remain appeared in clumps all over their heads. The hair loss has had deeply negative effects on the body image of patients already going through the incredibly difficult treatment required to beat cancer, making their quality of life significantly worse.
If you suffer from permanent hair loss that you and the doctor who administered your treatments were not prepared for, you have the right to pursue action against those responsible for continuing to make the drug accessible for so long. You should not have to feel as if you are battling cancer long after you have gone into remission.
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FINDING A TAXOTERE ATTORNEY YOU CAN TRUST
At Rosenberg & Gluck LLP, we accept all medication injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we accept payment only if we secure compensation for you. A qualified attorney will explore the facts of your case with you and help you determine the right course of action. We accept cases from clients all over the United States. While many Taxotere cases are similar, each requires a different approach. Our firm has the resources, expertise, and support you need to succeed.
After battling cancer, you deserve unyielding support as you get back to your life. Whether you have had trouble going back to work because of your loss or you want to pursue further treatments to address your hair loss and attempt to restart healthy hair growth, we are ready to fight for your rights. We believe that no one should have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence. For a free consultation with no obligation, contact the law office of Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP today or request an evaluation using our online form. Allow us to make your recovery process a little easier.