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Cancer Patients Treated with Taxotere Devastated Over Permanent Hair Loss

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Washington, DCIt’s something that every cancer patient following chemotherapy comes to expect: temporary hair loss. While chemotherapy is an unpleasant but vitally necessary aspect of cancer treatment, patients can at least take solace in the expectation that, at the end of it all, their hair will grow back. However, as Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuits are beginning to show, that’s not always the case.

Taxotere (docetaxel) is a cancer drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996 for the treatment of breast cancer. The latter was the original indication. Taxotere has since been expanded to include head and neck cancer, gastric cancer, prostate cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. And while the drug is deemed to be effective, a troubling adverse reaction has been emerging in recent years…

Permanent hair loss, otherwise known as Taxotere alopecia. Plaintiffs in Taxotere lawsuits allege that while the Taxotere label has always suggested hair loss was possible, there was no suggestion that such docetaxel side effects could be permanent, or so it is alleged. Patients claim that had they known, they would have opted for the less potent but equally effective Taxol, which is described as not fostering permanent hair loss.

This is nothing new.

Taxotere plaintiff Hattie Carson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and was prescribed chemotherapy with Taxotere. When her hair failed to grow back after six months, Carson was diagnosed with Taxotere alopecia - permanent hair loss.

Following the issuance of an FDA warning in December of last year, and a subsequent update to the Taxotere boxed warning with regard to the potential for permanent hair loss, Carson has launched a Taxotere side effects lawsuit in US District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Case No. 1:16-cv-00165). “Although alopecia is a common side effect related to chemotherapy drugs, permanent alopecia is not,” Carson’s lawsuit states. “Defendants, through its publications and marketing material, misled Plaintiff, the public, and the medical community to believe that, as with other chemotherapy drugs that cause alopecia, patients’ hair would grow back.”

Various lawsuits suggest that Taxotere manufacturer Sanofi’s own studies suggested three percent of cancer patients experienced persistent or permanent hair loss following treatment with docetaxel. However, an independent study in 2006 suggested that upwards of 6.3 percent of breast cancer patients succeeded in growing back less than 50 percent of their hair Although alopecia is a common side effect related to chemotherapy drugs, permanent alopecia is not. A subsequent study published by the National Cancer Research Institute in 2013 found permanent hair loss as a side effect in 10-15 percent of patients who took Taxotere.

It’s not just the United States that is affected. Canada is also seeing Taxotere lawsuits, after Health Canada was alerted to the issue in 2012. It’s unclear why Canada and Europe before that (in 2005) were alerted previously, but Sanofi-Aventis allegedly failed to notify the FDA until late winter in 2015.

And even though Canada was brought into the Taxotere alopecia loop four years ago, it was far too late for Cynthia MacGregor of Montreal, who told The Globe and Mail (3/4/10) in 2010 that “I had a normal head of hair and I am now completely bald.” MacGregor has been diagnosed with alopecia universalis, a loss of all body hair. She hasn’t a single hair on her body, not even eyebrows or eyelashes. When she goes out, people stare.

“It's devastating,” MacGregor told The Globe and Mail.
“With no hair, there is no going back to normal.”


MacGregor is one of three patients in Canada who stepped forward to report Taxotere alopecia to Health Canada. It led Health Canada to investigate. The Globe and Mail reported that some 10,000 Canadians - including some 6,500 patients with breast cancer - were treated with Taxotere in 2009. One oncologist noted in The Globe and Mail report that she gives her patients a choice of whether to undergo 12 cycles of Taxol with a “tiny” risk of permanent hair loss, versus four cycles of Taxotere and a heightened risk of permanent hair loss: fewer chemo treatments, but with a greater risk of Taxotere alopecia.

Various Taxotere plaintiffs suggest they were not given a choice. Had they known about docetaxel side effects including permanent hair loss, they would have opted for Taxol.

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Does anyone know of a lawyer in Canada litigating taxotere cases?

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I am so relieved to see this post. I received the TAC cocktail in 2013. Although I had about a 50 percent return of the hair on my head I had a sizeable bald spot near the crown which could not be covered no matter how artfully I tried to adjust the hair I had. Rogaine for woman while expensive is helping slightly. I draw on eyebrows everyday and have hardly any eyelashes. I also lost my toenails which thankfully grew back but have permanent neuropathy which affects me on a daily basis. I thought it was "just me" and while I do not wish these side-effects on anyone I am comforted in knowing I am not alone. I am grateful for my life but people don't realize how with the gratitude comes a feeling of dissatisfaction with the reality of this new life. How a person's self-confidence is destroyed and with that brings a sense of guilt for being so "petty" when it seems a small price to pay for life. Dealing with side effects which are both physically and mentally painful day in and day out wears you down. So my heart goes out to all of you and I thank you for sharing your stories.

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How do us guy's get a settlement check? I have had 120 rounds of treatment using this drug. Hair loss seems like a small price to pay for your life..

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Treated in 2003 with 4 rounds of taxotere. The hair on my head grew back but no eyebrows, eyelashes or body hair anywhere.
I also lost all my fingernails and toenails, some which never grew back on my toes. I have also sufferred from permanent tearduct collecting tubule scarring which causes constant epiphoria, watering of the eyes and tears streaming down my face.Running my makeup and looks like I am crying all the time. I have had 3 separated sets of silicone stents placed to try and fix the problem as well and painful tear duct dialations. I would like to join the lawsuit

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I had breast cancer in 1998. I lost all the hair on my entire body. My hair came back with the crown of my head almost completely bald and the rest so thin you can do nothing with it. I had the taxotere cocktail too. I even went so far as to go to Bosley and get hair grafts to no avail. When I contacked the lawyers about the class action law-suit, I was told they were sorry but there was nothing they could do. For the last 16 years I have had to wear hats and wigs to cover my gray, super-fine, frizzy mess that I wake up to everyday. It has devestated my self-confidence. Not to mention when the wind rips it off your head and you are running after it in public. I feel for all of you.

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I had breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 33. With two young children I didn't give a second thought about losing my hair. My thoughts were get rid of the cancer and let me get on with my life and my young family. The thing that bothers me the most now 16 years later is I never fully got all my hair back. To be a woman and not have a full head of hair or eyebrows or eyelashes which never fully grew back does something to our self esteem. It is a constant reminder of what I went thru

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Are there any attorneys taking on cases for other Chemo drugs with the same side effects? My daughter had a germ cell tumor when she was 21 and had 5 different Chemo drugs but Idon't believe this was one of them. It's been years and she still has bald spots and very thin hair. I will never forget the day we sat in my car and she cried and said cancer took away her prettiness. It broke my heart. While I thank GOD every day for these life saving drugs it is still a constant reminder for her each and every day when she looks in the mirror what she has had to go through to endure living. I would go back and take it all on myself to make my baby feel happy and beautiful.

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Well I had a brain tumor in 1991, it was taken out but the protocol call for radiation and chemo over 25 years ago and still have large bald spot on back of head.????But I thank God daily for
Being alive ! Yes I wish I had hair like I use to but again I'm alive ! So I get a weave put in once a month and move on with my wonderful life !

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I too am a victim of Taxotere. I had 4 treatments in 2004. I lost all my hair including eye brows, eyelashes, and underarm. After each treatment I experienced a sore throat , a fever lasting for approximately 2-3 days, skin blotches in the arm I received the chemo, and fluid retention. As everyone else mentioned, I too was told that my hair would grow back after the treatments were completed. However, 1 year later and my hair had grown in some, but looked like a balding old man. Yes I am definitely happy to be alive and well, but what this did to my self-esteem is undescribable.

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I am a male who started with a thick head of hair before being treated with taxotere 3 times a month for 4 months. good part. tests show i am cancer free. during treatment, i lost everything as expected including finger nails and toe nails. calcium, and so on. after treatment ended my hair grew back almost as thick. now a year later my hair is falling out again leaving me totally bald. men are totally bald and beautiful every day. my problem is i have contacted some of the lawyers listed to be told they are only taking the low hanging fruit, the easier cases, the bald women. does not matter if i have a case if no one will represent me.

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Nonita Grice

Kudos and Kumbaya to you! You are definitely entitled to feel the way you feel, just as myself and others are entitled to our feelings. Personally, that journey was very personal and private to me. I went out of my way to keep my secret. However, after years of being bald I choose to no longer wear irritating wigs. I am constantly subjected to total strangers asking me if I have cancer, offering me prayers, wanting to know if I am undergoing chemotherapy, and addressing me as Sir.

For more than 10 years I have not been able to resume the normalcy I desperately looked forward to because I am bald. Yes, I am alive. But I could be alive with hair had Taxol been offered to me. The treating oncologist never mentioned another alternative drug for me. She said this what you will be given and that I was not a candidate for any other drug. Had I been given the opportunity to to choose another drug I would have. Especially, since I also suffer daily with painful .neuropathy.

Please don't tell others how to feel or how to live because you are one person, just as I am. It is not a pleasant feeling to be constantly approached by strangers and stared out. Unfortunately, the opposite sex no longer finds me attractive because of my lack of hair. Most times my confidence is low. So yes, if there is compensation I feel I deserve it. Especially, when it seems this drug manufacturer knew or should have known that permanent hair loss could happen to women. This should not be downplayed because we are alive. Many of us were not informed, and deprived of making a choice. Apparently, doctors were so smitten with this so-called superior drug that they made choices for many of us. I have not been able to move forward because in reality the fact is that hair does matter in this world we live in. You should do some research before stating how unfortunate it is that women are seeking to join this lawsuit. And don't assume we are not contrbuting positively to our communities!!!!

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Does anyone know of Lawyers that are taking on people who had the generic Docetaxel? I have had the same side effects of no hair growth, but am told they are only taking Taxotere cases. This is unjust!

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I was diagnosed with early stage of breast cancer Dec.2011.I had had surgery Jan.27,2012 6 rounds of chemotherapy and Taxotere and herceptin treatment for a year.It's been 4 years now since I had my surgery and I thank God everyday that I'm alive and doing the things that l love to do.It's unfortunate that a lot of patient who suffer this kind of disease think of joining the lawsuit.I don't think that way, it's not going to bring our hair back,we just have to live with it.I do volunteer work making hats and donating to hospital especially the sick kids hospital and oncology clinic so that patient safety who suffer hair loss can have have something to put on their heads.My hair did grow in 3 months but it's not the same there is nothing I can do about it just think of something positive to do in life..

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I was treated with taxotere in late 2009. I too have very thin hair and patchy alopecia as a result. I saw a dermatologist who prescribed Minoxidil to try and help. I have asked at every visit since with the Oncologist when is my hair growing back. Initially I was told I would get a full head of hair back after treatments. I am delighted to be cancer free but the pain doesn't always stop with the cancer. I want to find a lawyer to represent myself and others regarding this situation. I only saw the messaging on the television yesterday that the lawyers in the U.S. are taking this seriously and representing their clients. I had my treatments in Ontario Canada and am now living in on Vancouver Island in Canada. I'd love to hear from any other Canadians affected by this who are prepared to take this to court. If there are any lawyers out there reading our comments I think it is safe to say there are many men and women in Canada that would love to be represented by a reputable firm who will believe in our case and represent us well.

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Not quite sure why it is assume that this permanent chemo induced alopecia issue only affects women. This has absolutely traumatic for me. I am now 42, but finished taxotere in 2010 (in my 30s). I am so thankful to have survived sarcoma, but was completely shocked that my hair didn't come back. And the bad thing about being a guy is that people feel freedom to make light of it, even degrading jokes. When I try to explain why I lost my hair they backpedal and realize it's not funny to me. I look so different. It's certainly one of the biggest struggles post treatment, a daily reminder of what I went through. It would have been nice to be informed. I just kept waiting for hair to return (for years). This is traumatic for men too!

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It isn't fair that lawyers just won't say up front their only looking for women who've had Taxotere after 2004. I've been sent packages by several offices, asked for pics, and medical records. And then they each say no, even after I tell their office of previous denial from other lawyers and their time lines. It isn't fair to keep offer hope, and snatch it away. We've suffered enough..,

I think they are using 2005 as a reference because that's the year Sanofi Aventis released a study stating Taxotere has caused permanent hair loss. However, the study states women were noted to have permanent hair loss for up 10 yrs and 5 mos prior to the release of the study named GEICAM something? With that being said, then someone knew women suffered hair loss from at least 1995. It only took 6 mos for us to realize how hair was not ref rowing! So, why are these lawyers excluding these women?

Doctors just shrugged their shoulders and acted as if I should be thankful to be alive. And that is not fair when there could have been another drug offered to me. But the treating oncologist in my health just said this is what you must take for a chance of survival. I never heard of taxol until this lawsuit came about. All I knew was that I was not a candidate for tamoxifen. I would have chosen taxol, had I bee givens choice.

These lawyers need reevaluate their decision to exclude women whose treatment was not in 2005 or after!




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A friend just told me about the lawsuit.I too am a victim of taxotere. my treatment was done in 2008 at Abbostford B.C.
I have no eye brows, or eye lashes .I am just completely hairless
of course I was told my hair lost would be temporary. This is 8 years later still no hair. maybe some peach fuzz.
I heard about a law suit on a cable channel just last week .Thank you for reading.My hair has not grown back. I would love to join the lawsuit.

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I received 6 rounds of Taxotere and Cytoxan in late 2011. The oncologist mentioned hair loss as a side effect but that it would be temporary. Hair loss was absolutely total over entire body as well as loss of several toenails. I have had hair regrowth of approximately 50 percent with a lot of bald patches on the head, sparse eyebrows and eyelashes. Hair never regrew on my legs which is the only good thing that I can say about it. The nail regrowth resulted in malformed nails. I have neuropathy of both feet which has resulted in some complications. Also I was always a very thin person and subsequent to the treatments gained about 10 pounds which may not sound like much, but I have a very small bone structure. Despite diet and exercise six days a week, I cannot shed the weight. Had I known about these and other complications, I would not have agreed to this drug.

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I am a victim also. I had chemo in 2012 and lost all my hair on the first treatment. In fact I lost hair all over my body. As of today 07/07/2016 my hair has not grown back. I would love to join the lawsuit.

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When I complain about my hair, people respond with "but you are alive". Yes, I am alive and thankful, but with that said, I should have been properly informed. Even my Dr. didn't know about the permanent hair loss caused by Taxotete. This has effected my self esteem so much and am angry that the Co. Didn't disclose this side effect. I would have chosen the Other.

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I would like to join the lawsuit. I live in Australia and I was treated with Taxotere. I have very little hair regrowth and have bald patches. My hair is similar to a balding male. It is devastating. It affects me everyday. I have to wear hats or a wig and it is a constant reminder of having cancer. It has stopped me dating as I'm so embarrassed.

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To Carrol Lynn Mohler,

I am truly sorry that you lost your mother, it is a horrible disease.

You really can not understand what it is like to be bald from chemo, women count the days to get their hair back.

Yes you saw your mother, but unless the cancer is in your body ( hopefully not ever) you will never know what it is like.

When it comes back like a rug, slow growing or thin it is very hard to cope. People stare , I hate it.

The problem with this drug is that the doctors, nor patients were warned about this ahead of time so that we can make that decision to change drugs or be ok with balding.

They knew about this tendency , yet they didn't warn people.

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I would rather have had my Mom for the last 35 years even if she lost all her hair. She also had a mastectomy. She would have gladly chosen life w/out her breast and hair.My father was devastated at her death at 51. Her friends were never the same either.
We all do what we think best at the time.
Chemo cured her for almost 5 years. God gave us 5 more years so my youngest brother was 17 instead of 12.
My father, family and friends loved her inspite of her hair loss and loss of one breast. She only got to see one child married and never got to see her grandchildren, or a long list of other wonderful things
If your hair is more important than your life, then maybe you need to fix some things in your life.
If suing makes you happy then enjoy. It still won't bring back your hair.
But make changes in your life that remind you to thankful you survived.

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I actually just heard about the permanent hair loss this week. I have been treated three different times since March 2012 with taxotere. After the 2nd round of treatment very little regrowth. Now that there has been a 3rd round my hair is very thin and patchy. I hate that this may be the lifestyle I leave from here on. I had always had a very thick healthy head of hair. I would have made other choices if I had know this prior to treatment. Help !

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All women who have suffered hair loss from Taxotere should be allowed to part of the lawsuit. Why are lawyers using 2005 as the cut off date?

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About half of all breast cancer patients do not benefit from chemotherapy. Chemo only kills fast growing cells (It kills cancer cells and healthy cells). Many breast cancer patients have slow growing cancers and chemo does not touch the slow growing cancer cells, but it does kill the healthy cells
in the women's bodies. This information is known to oncologists but they go ahead and prescribe chemo anyway probably because they make a lot of money on chemo. Here is a website covering the subject:
medicalxpress.com/news/2015-12-women-luminal-subtype-breast-cancer.html#nRlv
There are tests that can be done to predict whether a patient might benefit from chemo. These tests usually find that only about half of the cancer patients will benefit from chemo. If it is not clear that a patient will benefit from chemo, (as outlined in the first link), then the tests should be performed before subjecting patients to chemo. Chemo is harsh and barbaric, and 'kicks you when you are down'. When patients have a life threatening disease, and are facing surgery and radiation, the last thing they need is
pointless chemo to further sicken and weaken them. It is more than losing your hair. Chemo significantly weakens the immune system and you need your immune system to survive cancer after the treatments are over. Chemo has many other serious side effects like weakening your heart.
Here are two links about the tests that determine whether chemo might be effective:
medicalxpress.com/news/2016-04-breast-cancer-patients-chemo.html
nbcnews.com/id/22248036/ns/health-cancer/t/more-breast-cancer-patients-can-skip-chemo/#.V0tdXuTmD4Z
I have breast cancer and I was prescribed docetaxel and
cyclophosphamide. The first round of chemo did not go well
and while I was waiting to recover, I started searching the
internet to learn the down side of dropping out of chemo. I found that, as described in the above first link, I am a "luminal A subtype" and unlikely to benefit from chemo,
so I dropped out of chemo. I also found a new team of doctors to work with. I suggest to the legal experts dealing with unnecessary hair loss due to chemo that
it would be a good idea expand your focus to the damages inflicted by unnecessary chemo that approximately half of all cancer patients are suffering. So, adding insult to injury, when a patient suffers permanent hair loss from chemo, half the time that patient should not have been
prescribed chemo in the first place. As for my hair-so far, my hair seems to be growing back although it has only been 3 weeks so it remains to be seen whether it
will be the same.

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Uterine Sarcoma Stage IV diagnosis 11-13. Perm neuropathy , hearing loss and hair issues since that time.

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Hello,
I live in FL. Received 6 treatments of Taxotere along with Carboplatin and Herceptin starting in Jan 2014 . As of today, more than 2 years later, I am still partially bald.

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I just saw for the first time on TV about a chemo drug...I would like to join in the lawsuit, also, if it's the same chemo drug that was used when I had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma...I have several rounds of chemo and radiation. The last treatment was in 2002. My hair did grow back but its never been the same...it's thinning like mad...clumps of hair fall out all the time...I'm devastated!!!...I've gone to a dermatologist and everything...in fact, I have an appointment tomorrow, May 19, 2016.. I'm going to sound like a broken record crying about my hair loss...I even had an annual in April of 2016...had blood work and to rule out any possible causes...everything came out normal that I'm told...Please, contact me...Thank you!

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I would like to join in the lawsuit against this drug taxotere
I was given it 12 times in 2011 for breadt cancer. And nothing
Is the same since than.

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I too am a victim of taxotere.Although I lost my hair in 2004 and probably am not able to be a part of a lawsuit at this late date I'm glad to see this drug company is being held accountable for this violation. I remember when I figured out that something was seriously wrong because my hair was not growing back I called my oncologist and left a message with the nurse more than once to see what he would recommend and he never called me back.I was devastated. I've been trying to grow hair every since. I thought to myself this must be what rape victims feel. To have someone take something from you that you can never get back and something my bald head will not let me forget.

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A friend just told me about the lawsuit. I had 6 rounds of what they called a TAC cocktail. The dose of Taxotere that was part of that cocktail was too high and they ultimately had to reduce it when the skin on the bottoms of my feet started to shred. I lost all of my hair, and very little of it has grown back. It's devastating, because I had a head full of thick, curly hair. I am almost bald on top. I also now have chemo-related neuropathy. I'd like to join the lawsuit.

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