Struggling with breast cancer is a frightening, challenging, and traumatic experience for the patient and her family. One of the concerns many breast cancer patients have about receiving chemotherapy is the side effects of the treatment. It is well known that chemotherapy has several common side effects, including:
- Hair loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Appetite changes
- Weight changes
- Skin and nail changes
- Nerve and muscle problems
- Changes in sex drive and fertility problems
Most side effects go away within a few weeks after therapy ends, but some side effects can take months or years to go away completely. Unfortunately, some chemotherapy side effects can be permanent. While some permanent side effects may not be able to be prevented, cancer patients have the right to know all the risks before deciding on a course of treatment for their cancer.
If you suffer from permanent hair loss after taking Taxotere, contact our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 for a free case evaluation with a Taxotere lawyer.
What is Taxotere?
Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug that has been approved for use with several types of cancer, including breast, head, lung, neck, stomach, and prostate cancers. The way Taxotere treats cancer is by stopping cancer cells from dividing and growing. Taxotere has become a popular chemotherapy drug because patients receive the benefits of the treatment with fewer treatments compared to other chemo drugs. Unfortunately, many women have experienced permanent hair loss after receiving Taxotere chemotherapy treatment.
Permanent Hair Loss After Taxotere Treatment
The manufacturer of Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis, issued warnings regarding potential side effects from using Taxotere, including fluid retention, nausea, low white blood cell count, and fatigue. The company also included a warning for hair loss. However, Sanofi-Aventis failed to warn breast cancer patients that they may lose their hair permanently if they choose to use Taxotere for the treatment of their breast cancer. This failure to warn has resulted in numerous lawsuits being filed against the drug manufacturer as breast cancer survivors seek compensation for their physical and emotional damages.
Approximately 9% of women who use Taxotere to treat their breast cancer suffer from permanent hair loss. While most cancer patients expect to lose their hair temporarily while they are receiving chemotherapy, few women, if any, expect to face a lifetime of hair loss. It is difficult enough to go through chemotherapy and come out on the other side knowing you beat cancer, even though the journey was challenging, but to know you will be reminded of your cancer each day when you look into the mirror can be overwhelming.
Taxotere patients feel as if they never truly beat cancer because the now have a permanent reminder. The hair loss makes them look like a permanent cancer patient. Hair loss can impact a woman’s self-esteem and psychological well-being. For these women, they are never able to truly heal from their cancer and move one with their lives. Our Taxotere mass tort attorneys want to help you if you are suffering from Taxotere-related permanent hair loss.
Contact A Louisiana Taxotere Attorney
The New Orleans dangerous drug attorneys of The Olinde Firm represent breast cancer patients in Louisiana and throughout the United States who have been permanently injured by using Taxotere. If you are a breast cancer survivor who has suffered permanent hair loss after receiving Taxotere treatment, our mass tort attorneys want to help you. You deserve to be compensated for your damages related to the use of Taxotere to treat your breast cancer. We want to help you seek justice from the drug company as we fight for your rights as an innocent victim.
Contact our office at (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 for a free case evaluation and free legal consultation with our Taxotere attorney. Our mass tort attorneys are standing by to listen to your story and advise you of your legal options to hold the parties responsible for your permanent hair loss responsible for their actions.