Complications from Chemotherapy Drug Taxotere
Cancer is a devastating condition. It ravages the bodies and spirits of individuals and families across the globe, snatching away the health, and the very lives of far too many. While treatments offer hope to some, and do save many lives, sometimes those treatments have horrendous side effects. Taxotere is shaping up to be one of those treatments.
The numbers tell an ugly story:
- Cancer is one of the leading causes of death across the globe;
- Over 1.7 million brand new cases of cancer will purportedly be diagnosed in 2018 here in this country;
- Over 600,000 Americans will die of cancer in 2018;
- Over one-third of adults will be diagnosed with some type of cancer sometime in their lives;
- Annually, nearly $1.5 billion is spent on cancer treatments here in the United States, with that number expected to explode as the proportion of older Americans rises and costs for treatment increase.
Lives on the Line
Naturally, the decisions about treatment options for cancer are serious business. Making the wrong choice could mean the difference between life and death. Every case is different, and medical professionals recommend any combination of therapies, including:
- Surgery to remove the cancerous growth;
- Radiation to shrink cancer tumors and/or kill cancer cells;
- Immunotherapy to assist the immune system in the fight against cancer;
- Targeted therapies to inhibit cancerous cell growth and spread;
- Hormone Therapies to block the growth of certain cancers;
- Stem Cell Transplants to address blood issues following chemo or radiation;
- Chemotherapy to kill off cancer cells.
Side Effects of Chemotherapy
There are many combinations of chemotherapy drugs, from many different manufacturers, that are coalesced in the hope of getting just the right mix to be effective against cancer cells. As a systemic therapy, chemo inevitably impacts the entire body, not just the cancer cells. Chemotherapy has many known side effects, including anemia, nausea, peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, edema, and hair loss, among others.
Patients are not usually surprised to hear that hair loss will be a temporary outcome of chemotherapy, and generally understand that once treatment ends, hair growth will return. But in the case of Sanofi’s Taxotere, patients in case after case have suffered irreversible alopecia, or hair loss. Up until 2015, the drug had no warnings of this side effect in the United States, despite warnings provided on labels in Europe and Canada. For two decades, the prescription resulted in this devastating side effect, and patients had no forewarning whatsoever.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you have suffered personal injury in the form of permanent hair loss due to the use of Taxotere in cancer treatment, the experienced legal team at the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton will fight aggressively for compensation on your behalf. Drug makers are obliged to thoroughly test and know of the side effects of their products, market and package them appropriately, and warn patients of the potential risks. Sanofi failed on all counts. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach to discuss your case today.