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Taxotere: Is There a Link to Permanent Hair Loss?

  • October 6, 2016

Taxotere is used as a chemotherapy drug to treat patients with various forms of cancer. Taxotere was approved for the treatment of breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, advanced stomach cancer, head and neck cancer and metastatic prostate cancer. The drug is also being investigated to treat small cell lung, ovarian, bladder, and pancreatic cancers, and soft tissue sarcoma and melanoma.

Patient with IV
How is Taxotere Administered?

Taxotere is injected into a vein through an IV, typically once every three weeks. Oral steroids may also be used in conjunction with Taxotere to prevent against adverse side effects.

Taxotere Side Effects

Some of the common side effects of Taxotere include:
• weakness
• altered sense of taste
• nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
• constipation, diarrhea
• muscle pain
• rashes
• finger and toe nail changes

Taxotere Hair Loss

While temporary hair loss is listed as a possible effect of many chemotherapy medications, Taxotere has been found to cause permanent hair loss. Recently, there has been an outpouring of patients who have reported permanent hair loss after being treated with Taxotere. Understandably, this side effect has had and can have, a devastating impact on a person. Patients were not warned of this possible and permanent side effect.

How can Will Davidson LLP Help You

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 our  office to discuss your situation and how you may be entitled to compensation.

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