Taxotere Hair Loss
Temporary hair loss is a side effect cancer patients following chemotherapy come to expect. After going through chemotherapy and what some describe as unpleasant experiences, patients take comfort in knowing at the end of it all their hair will grow back. For those given Taxotere for their chemotherapy they are dealing with the discerning reality that they may have lost their hair permanently. Law suits have arisen because some patients are experiencing permanent hair loss which is a side effect that patients were not made aware of in considering their treatment regimen.
Will Davidson LLP is currently investigating possible cases for those who have taken or are currently taking Taxotere and suffered permanent hair loss. If this is you or a loved one, you or your loved one maybe entitled to compensation.
What is Taxotere?
Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug used to treat patients with breast cancer. Although the drug has gotten positive reviews on its effectiveness, adverse reaction to the drug has surfaced. Taxotere Alopecia commonly known as permanent hair loss is one of the reported non disclosed side effects of Taxotere. Patients who have filed suit against Taxotere, manufacturer Sanofi, allege the warning labels suggest possible hair loss however, there is no indication the side effects could be permanent. Many patients claim if they knew this was a side effect they would have chosen the less potent strain but equally effective drug, Taxol.
How is Taxotere Administered?
Patients receive Taxotere through an IV injection into the vein once every 3 weeks and depending on the type of cancer it could be for four cycles or more.
Stated side effects for Taxotere include:
- altered sense of taste
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
- constipation, diarrhea
- muscle pain
- finger and toe nail changes
- temporary hair loss
Taxotere and Permanent Hair Loss
Possible side effects do list temporary hair loss which is linked to most chemotherapy medications; however, Taxotere has been found to cause permanent hair loss for patients. A Globe and Mail article reported in 3.4.10 a statement from patient Cynthia MacGregor who said “I had a normal head of hair and I am now completely bald.” MacGregor was one of three patients who reported alopecia as a result of Taxotere to Health Canada. Investigations done by Health Canada revealed as much as 10,000 Canadians including 6,500 patients with breast cancer were treated with Taxotere. Many patients reported they were not aware of the side effect and if known, they would have chosen a different type of drug for their chemotherapy treatments.
How Can Will Davidson LLP Help You
Will Davidson LLP has a history of successfully assisting patients who have been harmed from a product and is seeking compensation for their losses. Individuals who took or are taking Taxotere and suffer from permanent hair loss may be entitled to compensation.
If you or a loved one has been affected by Taxotere, please contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your situation and how you may be entitled to compensation.