Taxotere Alopecia Lawsuit Claims

Taxotere Alopecia Lawsuit Claims

Taxotere is a very commonly prescribed chemotherapy treatment that netted it’s manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis, more than $3 billion in sales recently. While that was good for profit margins it turned out to be awful for many of the patients as studies have since shown that an estimated 6% to 9% of female breast cancer patients suffered permanent alopecia (hair loss). This was not disclosed to the women who were administered Taxotere and many lawsuits have recently been filed against the makers of Taxotere as well as Docetaxel and Docefrez, it’s other trade names. Speaking with a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Taxotere injury lawyer is a wise move.

If you, or someone you care for, have suffered permanent baldness induced by a Taxotere chemotherapy regimen please contact our team of Pennsylvania injury lawyers handling Taxotere alopecia lawsuit claims in all of Pennsylvania including Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. They offer free consults and charge no fees if they do not recover for you.

Cases We Handle

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the country. Pennsylvania also has some of the best cancer hospital systems in the country. When you put those 2 together it is now surprise that Pennsylvania sees it’s fair share of Taxotere injury cases. Please contact our cancer drug injury attorneys if you need any of the following:

Allentown Pennsylvania Taxotere injury lawyers

Harrisburg Pennsylvania Taxotere lawsuit attorneys

Lancaster Pennsylvania Taxotere injury claim lawyers

Philadelphia Taxotere injury attorneys

Pittsburgh Taxotere injury attorneys

They serve Taxotere permanent hair loss victims throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania. They also handle lawsuits for the drugs Docetaxel and Docefrez which are identical to Taxotere but sold by different manufacturers.

What Is Alopecia?

By definition alopecia simply means loss of hair; baldness. The cause of simple baldness is not yet fully understood, although it is known that the tendency to become bald is limited almost entirely to males, runs in certain families, and is more common in certain racial groups than in others. Baldness is often associated with aging, but it can occur in younger men. minoxidil has been approved as a topical treatment for male pattern baldness. Approximately one-third of the men undergoing this therapy have experienced hair regrowth. The effects of the drug take several months to develop and new hair growth may be limited; the hair is lost if treatment is discontinued. Hair transplants are also available to selected patients. Many men opt for no treatment.

Alopecia as an outcome of chemotherapy for a malignancy can be very distressing. The loss of hair usually is temporary and the hair will grow back after the course of treatment is completed. Male patients may feel more comfortable wearing a hat or cap when out in public. Female patients who wish to wear a wig are encouraged to obtain one that is lightweight and the same color as their hair. Having a hairdresser cut the wig to the patient’s usual hair style can increase self-esteem. A kerchief or head scarf can be worn around the house if it is more comfortable than a wig. Receipts for wigs, hairpieces, and other head covering should be saved; they are tax-deductible medical expenses when related to chemotherapy.

Types Of Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia (alopecia androgene´tica) a progressive, diffuse, symmetric loss of scalp hair. In men it begins in the twenties or early thirties with hair loss from the crown and the frontal and temple regions, ultimately leaving onlysparse peripheral rim of scalp hair (male pattern alopecia or male pattern baldness). In females it begins later, with less severe hair loss in the front area of the scalp. In affected areas, the follicles produce finer and lighter terminal hairs until terminal hair production ceases, with lengthening of the anagen phase and shortening of the telogen phase of hair growth. The cause is unknown but is believed to be a combination of genetic factors and increased response of hair follicles to androgens.
alopecia area´ta hair loss in sharply defined areas, usually the scalp or beard.
alopecia ca´pitis tota´lis loss of all the hair from the scalp.
cicatricial alopecia (alopecia cicatrisa´ta) irreversible loss of hair associated with scarring, usually on the scalp.
congenital alopecia (alopecia congenita´lis) congenital absence of the scalp hair, which may occur alone or be part ofa more widespread disorder.
alopecia limina´ris hair loss at the hairline along the front and back edges of the scalp.
male pattern alopecia see androgenetic a.
moth-eaten alopecia syphilitic alopecia involving the scalp and beard and occurring in small, irregular scattered patches,resulting in a moth-eaten appearance.
symptomatic alopecia (alopecia symptoma´tica) loss of hair due to systemic or psychogenic causes, such as general ill health, infections of the scalp or skin, nervousness, or a specific disease such as typhoid fever, or to stress. The hair may fall out in patches, or there may be diffuse loss of hair instead of complete baldness in one area.
alopecia tota´lis loss of hair from the entire scalp.
alopecia universa´lis loss of hair from the entire body. This type of permanent hair loss os what many Taxotere recipients suffer from. All body hair is lost; scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair and it never comes back. If you suffer from permanent hair loss due to Taxotere please contact our Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Taxotere lawsuit attorneys today.

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