• Ttchp chemo

    Asked by CathyMurphy on Thursday, January 17, 2019

    Ttchp chemo

    I see there’s a lawsuit against taxotene for permanent hair loss. Anyone know about this. This is the chemo they want to give me

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    • carm's Avatar
      carm (Best Answer!)

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse. I am assuming that you mean Taxotere which is Docetaxel. Although I have and have countless of patients on this drug, I have never had a patient with permanent alopecia. We fight so hard to find drugs that will stop this deadly disease even for a little while and it is so frustrating to see second rate law firms (ambulance chasers) advertise in search of a cancer patient that they can make money off of. Discuss your concerns with your oncologist. Best of luck to you.

      over 1 year ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I had tch chemo. It was hard to lose my hair but it returned after the chemo was over. It's not an easy thing to go through, but permanent hair loss was not a concern. I just wanted to be cancer free and done with treatments. And I'm a six year survivor!

      over 1 year ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      A co-worker suffered from alopecia - which was caused by job stress. He retired and his hair grew back. But, companies will gladly pay (and sleazy attorneys will gladly accept) 50K to make the problem go away.

      Go to the website of the drug company and read their cautionary statements. There is no rumor mill greater than the cancer realm.

      over 1 year ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      I had TCH and lost my hair. For me, it was the worst part of treatment. However, it did grow back. It started growing as soon as treatment was done. That was in May, and by September, I was comfortable going out without having my head covered. I had never heard that it was a possibility that it might not grow back, but it wouldn't have changed my mind regarding treatment. Being alive 5 years after treatment was well worth taking the chance.

      over 1 year ago
    • whatnext54's Avatar

      I am currently receiving a combination of taxotere and cytoxan. Prior to treatment beginning, I had to sign paperwork stating I was aware of the possibility of permanent hair loss as a side effect so I would not be able to sue. The lawsuit is because patients were never advised of this possibility. I was so concerned about being permanently bald, I have been using the Dignicap during treatment. I just finished treatment 5 and I still have most of my hair.

      over 1 year ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      Yes there is a class action lawsuit. When I did my research 4 years ago Taxotere or taxane were considered. I went with Taxotere because taxane had a higher rate of neuropathy. I figured I could always wear a wig but couldn’t replace pain or numbness in a limb.

      over 1 year ago
    • naper's Avatar

      I was on tch in the spring of 2016- my hair has not really come back yet, just baby fine fuzz. The American Cancer society provided me with a wig which looks fine. In fact I often receive compliments on my lovely hair :). I've read that some people get their hair years later instead of the usual 3 months. I'm in my 70s so that may have contributed to this. It's not a big deal to me although I would prefer to my own hair. I've gathered that total loss of hair is not common

      over 1 year ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar

      msesq, did you mean "Taxol?" (Both Taxol and Taxotere are "taxanes").

      over 1 year ago
    • dmarussell's Avatar

      As others have said...I too was on the TC infusion. Just finished beg. Of Nov. 2018. I lost 90% of my hair but it did begin to grow back within a month after last chemo infusion. It is now very short but Thick. My hair has always been very thick and fast growing. Personally, I would do it all over again, with the risk of permanent baldness if it meant saving my Life. My profile picture is pretty current, so you can see my hair growth for yourself.

      over 1 year ago
    • fluteplayer's Avatar

      Since I am now on Ibrance and have to wear a wig. My hair never grew back the way it was . Bald spots from tc infusions twice. Can't sue as always will be on something.Was told I never needed it ever by new Dr. Always got the wrong medical advice

      over 1 year ago
    • LeahNelms' Avatar

      Me too. My hair grew back even thicker and voluminous. Good luck.

      over 1 year ago
    • Ashera's Avatar

      I was on TCPH - taxotere - and it took months after chemo to begin seeing fuzz. A year later - the fuzz turned into sparse, thin strands. I cut those short and had the hair colored, giving it more body - but it was still very sparse and looked bad on it's own. I went the rogaine route - it did make new hairs start to grow, but was expensive and messy and wasn't an overnight 'fix'. I stopped. I got some really cute wigs - but do not like wigs. I feel...fake. I've become a very accomplished scarf user and have dozens coordinating with most everything I wear.
      I was not informed about the possibility of permanent hair issues when I started chemo in June of 2015. By the time I was through, one year later with Herceptin - the lawsuits against the drug company for Taxotere were all over the place. I talked with a very reputable firm in New Orleans and filled out dozens of papers, providing tons of records. It was very legit. They were up front from the beginning - saying that the company had set aside tons of money to settle these kinds of suits but were not doing anything so far. After a year - I received word it was a lost cause. I know there were many 'ambulance chasing billboard types' making it sound easy - like we're still seeing the very same mesothelioma, vaginal mesh, and many more years later.

      So - I accept, sadly, I'm one of the women that had permanent hair issues - alopecia areata? I believe it's called in my chart. I'd asked the hair fairy for beautiful, wavy long red hair...she screwed up royally. I'm not saying the blliss-ninny response of "at least this or that..." I want both. To have no evidence of disease - NED - AND... hair.

      over 1 year ago

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