Can Cancer Drugs Cause Permanent Alopecia?

September 11, 2017  |  Pharmaceuticals, Taxotere
Alopecia Cancer Drug

Yes, if you’re referring to the chemo drug Taxotere. People who undergo chemotherapy expect to lose their hair. While this powerful medication can stem the tide of cancer, it can also result in a condition known as alopecia, or hair loss. Most of the time, however, alopecia is only temporary. Unfortunately that’s not the case with Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug treatment commonly used to treat breast, lung cancer, and prostate cancer. If you are experiencing permanent hair loss from Taxotere, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Taxotere manufacturers.

Chemotherapy and Alopecia

Cancer cells will often times reproduce very quickly, and chemotherapy drugs are designed to kill these cells in order to slow the growth of the disease. However, chemotherapy also attacks other cells that rapidly reproduce, such as cells in blood, the stomach and bone marrow. This also includes the cells that grow hair.

Because chemo treatments attack these other fast-growing cells,  side effects, such as digestive problems and hair loss, are common.

Chemo treatments usually only last for a relatively short time period before they are discontinued. Hair typically comes back and other side effects go away. Usually, patients will see full hair regrowth anywhere from six months to a year after treatment ends.

The Exception to the Rule

Taxotere seems to be the exception – a chemo drug that results in permanent alopecia. Many breast cancer patients that used Taxotere never saw hair regrowth. To make matters worse, they could have taken a similar drug known as Taxol, which is just as effective and poses much less of a risk of permanent alopecia.

If you took Taxotere and now suffer from permanent alopecia as a result, you may be able to take legal action against the manufacturer of the drug. Get in touch with Baron & Budd and we will carefully spell out all of your options. Contact us online or call 866-520-2755 to learn more.

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