How do I know if my Taxotere®-related hair loss is permanent?

This is a question that many Taxotere patients have after finishing their chemotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, because hair growth rates can vary from person to person—particularly after a serious illness such as cancer—it’s a difficult question to answer with complete accuracy. Although it’s hard to determine when, exactly, your hair will start to grow back after chemotherapy, this article can give you an idea of when most patients begin experiencing regrowth.taxotere_patient

For many cancer patients, hair loss is one of the most unsettling side effects associated with their chemotherapy treatment, serving as a constant reminder of their illness and making it difficult to maintain a healthy body image. While most people know to expect hair loss during chemotherapy, many Taxotere patients claim they weren’t warned this distressing side effect could be permanent.

However, not all Taxotere-related hair loss is permanent. Hair loss that begins two-to-four weeks into treatment and continues for a few weeks afterward can be completely normal.

Most chemotherapy patients notice soft, fuzz-like hair two or three weeks after the conclusion of treatment; the growth of normal hair one month after treatment; and an inch of growth two months after treatment. Once the hair starts to grow again, patients can expect to have a fuller head of hair within three-to-six months—though hair growth may be temporarily slower and sparser than it was before chemotherapy.

If it’s been months since your last chemotherapy treatment and you’re still waiting for your hair to start growing, or are stuck in the soft fuzz stage, you may be among the up to 15 percent of patients with permanent Taxotere hair loss.

Are You Considering a Taxotere Hair Loss Lawsuit?

If you hair hasn’t regrown after undergoing Taxotere chemotherapy treatments, you may be eligible to seek compensation from the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi-Aventis. Contact McGartland Law today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your potential Taxotere hair loss case.