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Permanent Hair Loss in Some Taxotere Users Delivers Secondary Blow to Cancer Patients

Chemotherapy drug side effects provide a daily reminder of cancer for some in the form of permanent hair loss

Monday, June 5, 2017 - There are certain times in life when we are the most vulnerable and being informed that you have cancer is without doubt one of them. Nearly everyone who is diagnosed with the disease is scared to death of the pain and suffering that they may have to endure, not only from the disease but also from the side effects of radiation or chemotherapy that is prescribed. Since cancer treatments are scientifically sophisticated and beyond the scope of knowledge of the common person, most of us place our full trust and confidence in the doctors we are referred to. We expect that the knowledge and experience that they have will be of benefit to us as we fight the disease. None of us think to question the prognosis or the recommended course of treatments that our cancer doctors, called oncologists, prescribe. None of us expect that a drug that the oncologist recommends that we take will have side effects that can physically and emotionally scar us for life, but that's exactly what has happened to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans. Oncologists in America have prescribed a cancer treatment drug called Taxotere to their cancer patients which is causing permanent, irreversible baldness called "alopecia" in approximately 10-15 % of the patients who take the drug.

Taxotere is a prescription medication used in chemotherapy to combat breast and other cancers in women. Chemotherapy is the use of chemicals to fight any disease but has come to be associated with fighting cancers. Chemotherapy is often used in combination with radiation therapy. The difference is that radiation seeks to pinpoint a certain area of the body while chemotherapy migrates throughout the body through the bloodstream. Taxotere is intended to slow or stop the growth and spread of cancer cells and is highly toxic but not proven to be any more effective than other cancer fighting chemical therapies. In addition to breast cancer, the drug is currently used for lung, prostate, stomach and neck cancers. Side effects of the drug have been described as "injection site reactions (pain, redness, or swelling), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, feeling weak or tired, muscle pain, joint pain, missed menstrual periods, temporary hair loss, and fingernail or toenail changes." Nowhere is the mention of permanent hair loss.

If you have taken the cancer treatment drug Taxotere and experienced permanent hair loss you may be entitled to file a Taxotere hair loss lawsuit for damages and hold them accountable. Sinofil has been found to have fraudulently represented the drug by overstating its effectiveness in fighting cancer as well as covering up their advanced knowledge that the drug causes permanent baldness. As a result, the US Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings and stricter regulations on the company requiring them to inform consumers of the side effects. No one expects permanent hair loss to be a side effect of a cancer treatment drug and if you had known chances are you would have selected another equally as effective drug.

Permanent hair loss in men is one thing, but when women and young girls are faced with a life without hair, the psychological trauma can be particularly devastating. At the Onder Law Firm, it is our belief that the manufacturer of Taxotere, the French multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi, had prior knowledge of this risk of permanent hair loss as a side effect from taking the drug, and not only willfully failed to disclose it, but also covered up their findings falsely claiming in their product literature that the resultant hair loss would be temporary.

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