Taxotere is an intravenous drug whereby you receive an infusion directly into your vein. The treatment takes about one hour and is generally taken every 3 weeks.
Common side effects of Taxotere, like many chemotherapy drugs, are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, feeling weak or tired, muscle pain, temporary hair loss, or fingernail or toenail changes. Low blood cell count is another possible side effect. However, Taxotere has also been linked to permanent hair loss, or alopecia, in patients.
A 2013 study published by the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) in November of 2014, found that permanent alopecia may affect 10-15 percent of cancer patients who received Taxotere. Permanent loss of hair can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life, negatively affecting their body image. This may lead to depression or other mental health issues.
Types of Alopecia
There are different types of alopecia, which include:
- Alopecia Areata: This is when circular patches of hair loss occur.
- Alopecia Totalis: Total hair loss on the scalp occurs with this type.
- Alopecia Universalis: Total hair loss on the scalp and body occurs with this type.
If you have developed any type of alopecia or baldness after treatment with Taxotere, please contact us right away, you may be entitled to compensation. You can fill out a free case evaluation form, or call us for a free consultation.