If you have been treated for cancer with chemotherapy, you probably expected to lose your hair during treatment. While losing your hair can be traumatic, it should eventually grow back.
However, many patients who were treated with Taxotere may never see regrowth. These patients are faced with permanent baldness and the accompanying depression and psychological stress.
If you or a loved one is suffering from permanent alopecia, hair problems, or other serious injuries as a result of taking Taxotere, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact a Taxotere lawsuit lawyer from Tosi Law LLP at (888) 312-2518 for a free, no-obligation review of your claim.
Most Common Side Effects from Taxotere
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Taxotere is a medication used to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. The drug works by attacking the cancer cells in your body, damaging the skeleton of the cell to stop growth and reproduction. Because it is a strong chemotherapy drug, it can cause severe side effects in patients. Some of the most common side effects include:
Most patients taking Taxotere experience hair loss, which includes the hair on your head, your eyelashes and eyebrows, pubic hair, and underarm hair. Hair generally grows back, although not in all cases.
Fluid retention generally goes away within a few weeks or months of treatment, and it typically starts around the fifth treatment. Swelling of the legs and feet are often the first warning signs that you will retain fluid while taking this drug.
Low Blood Cell Count
Taxotere can cause a drop in the number of white blood cells, increasing your risk of infection. Because fever is a common sign of infection, your doctor will likely suggest taking your temperature frequently in the first few days after being treated with Taxotere.
Approximately ten percent of the patients who are treated with Taxotere feel unusually tired or weak after treatments. While resting before your treatments can alleviate the symptoms, you should let your doctor know if this side effect lasts longer than a week.
While common after a Taxotere treatment, rashes are generally severe in about five percent of patients. Typically occurring on the feet and hands, it can also appear on your body, arms, or face.
This severe side effect affects patients approximately 20 percent of the time, causing pain in the muscles or joints.
Conjunctivitis or blockage of the tear ducts can occur, causing excessive tearing.
Your fingernails or toenails may change color while being treated with Taxotere. Although it is unusual, in some cases, patients' nails fall off entirely. Your nails should grow back when you have finished your treatments.
Approximately half of the patients who are treated with Taxotere experience numbness, burning sensations, or tingling in the hands and feet. Some patients also experience weakness of the hands and feet. These side effects typically disappear within a few months of the time your treatments are completed.
Link to Permanent Hair Loss in Cancer Patients
A study published in Annals of Oncology suggests that taxane chemotherapy drugs were responsible for permanent hair loss among study participants. Laboratory tests ruled out iron or zinc deficiency as well as thyroid disorders in those patients, and no regrowth of the scalp hair was noted.
If you or a loved one was treated with Taxotere while undergoing chemotherapy treatment and has permanent alopecia, hair problems, or other serious injuries as a result of the treatment, contact the team at Tosi Law LLP at (888) 312-2518. We can provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation and help you understand what options are available for pursuing damages in your claim.
Damages You May Recover in a Taxotere Lawsuit
While every case is unique, some of the common types of damages available in cases like yours include:
- Medical expenses, such as hospital stays, medications, doctors' examinations, and ongoing treatments
- Lost wages and benefits
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Other psychological damages
How the Statute of Limitations Can Impact Your Claim
Every state places a deadline on the amount of time you have to pursue damages in any personal injury case, including lawsuits against drug companies. A Taxotere lawsuit lawyer can review your claim and explain the amount of time you have to pursue damages based on your state.
If you miss the deadline, the courts may not allow you to file your claim.
We understand the importance of filing a claim before the statute of limitations runs out. Call us right away at (888) 312-2518 for a free review of your case and to find out what time limits could impact your claim.
Lawyer for Taxotere Lawsuit Near Me
If you or a member of your family was given Taxotere to treat cancer and are now suffering long term or permanent side effects as a result of that treatment, contact a Taxotere lawsuit lawyer who can start working on your claim right away.
At Tosi Law LLP, we know how to build a strong case to pursue damages for our clients. Whether we take on the drug company directly or join in-progress multidistrict litigation, we will pursue damages to the fullest extent of your injuries.
Here are a few specific ways we can help:
- Provide you with 24/7 support during this difficult time
- Gathering information and evidence supporting your claim, including prescription and medical records
- Calculate the cost of your nonquantifiable damages, such as the emotional suffering that you are experiencing as a result of permanent alopecia
- Navigate the claims process, filing your claim on your behalf
- Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf
- Pursing your case at trial, if a settlement cannot be reached
You do not have to go it alone.
For a free, no-risk consultation and important answers for how you should proceed in your Taxotere lawsuit, call Tosi Law LLP at (888) 312-2518. We have worked on cases similar to yours and are proud of our results.