Breast cancer is a life-altering fight that affects people every day across the world. Treating cancer is an all-consuming process that no one should have to go through. Victims of breast cancer should be able to feel secure in the knowledge that their treatment plan will make them better and not serve as a gateway for further illness.
Unfortunately, one popular chemotherapy drug, Docetaxel (also sold as Taxotere), is giving patients one more thing to worry about in the form of Canalicular Stenosis. Canalicular Stenosis is an entirely preventable medical condition that is only treatable by expensive surgery.
There are currently over 8,000 pending lawsuits over the false marketing and excessive side-effects of Taxotere. Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Taxotere, has been marketing the product since 1998 but neglected to release a full description of the drug’s potential adverse effects until 2014. Many patients would have chosen a different drug had they known the side effects.
If you, or someone you love, have developed watery eyes after taking Docetaxel, you could be suffering from Canalicular Stenosis. You need to contact a Georgia Canalicular Stenosis (Taxotere) Lawyer today. You could be entitled to serious compensation to cover your medical expenses, emotional distress, loss of wages, and more.
At Hotze Runkle PLLC, we know that is probably one of the most challenging times in your life. Going through cancer is already too much on your plate. You don’t need an additional, entirely preventable, condition on top of the physical and emotional stress your body is already going through.
Hotze Runkle PLLC is committed to fighting for those that cannot fight for themselves. We will earn your trust by working our hardest to secure a settlement that will ease your financial concerns. Together, we will help you get back to living your life without the burden of an additional, serious medical disorder.
Call us today at (800) 763-6155 to schedule your initial consultation. We would love to sit down with you, hear your story, and see what we can do to help.
Why Do I Need a Taxotere Lawyer?
Your medical condition was entirely preventable, and you should not be suffering the financial burden of further treatment. Cancer is expensive and stressful enough without additional pain.
Only an experienced lawyer can help you get the compensation you need in order to financially get you through this trying time. Hotze Runkle PLLC has years of experience in fighting against medical wrongs and helping victims win cases against the pharmaceutical industry.
At Hotze Runkle PLLC, we know that the company that neglected to be open about the side effects of Taxotere should be held liable for your canalicular stenosis. We have an extensive network of medical experts, legal investigators, legal aids, and attorneys that will work together to build you a strong case. We will gather medical evidence for your condition and fight on your behalf so that you can focus on healing.
According to Canalicular Stenosis Secondary to Weekly Versus Every-3-Weeks Docetaxel in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer by Bita Esmaeli, medical professionals should have been aware of canalicular stenosis as a common side-effect of taking Taxotere. If they had been properly notified, they could have been working proactively to keep your eyes healthy throughout your chemotherapy treatments.
The medical journal says that “Timely diagnosis of this side effect and timely insertion of bicanalicular silicone stents can prevent permanent and complete closure of the canaliculi.” A simple treatment done early on could have entirely prevented your canalicular stenosis.
Let Hotze Runkle PLLC hold Sanofi-Aventis responsible for their negligent actions and ensure your financial security in this trying time.
Why Choose Hotze Runkle PLLC?
Back in 2007, Patrick Hotze and Ryan Runkle founded Hotze Runkle PLLC under the unwavering commitment to customer service and hard work. Since our founding, we have collected more than $100,000,000 in damages. We know that our clients need someone dedicated to their cause, a team of attorneys that will work day and night to ensure a win.
We handle a wide variety of cases, including the following:
- IVC filter litigation
- Asbestos exposure
- Nursing home abuse
- Texas bad faith insurance
- 3M military earplugs lawsuit
- Taxotere related tearing
Hotze Runkle PLLC is comprised of experienced product liability lawyers that are 100% committed to helping those that have been harmed at the hands of others. Let us help you recover financially from Taxotere-related tearing and canalicular stenosis.
What is Canalicular Stenosis?
Taxotere is an anti-cancer chemotherapy drug given intravenously to cancer patients regularly. Those that take Taxotere can deal with many disorienting side-effects. We now know that one significant side effect is epiphora. Epiphora is a newly recognized side effect in which your eyes continuously tear up, causing tears to stream down your face. Epiphora leads to canalicular stenosis.
When our systems are functioning correctly, our excess tears have a way to drain. Our tears drain from our eyes into a small tube, which then empties into our lacrimal sac. The liquid then goes into the nasolacrimal duct, which empties tears into our nasal cavity.
However, when our pathways get obstructed, as they do when developing canalicular stenosis, it can lead to painful results, such as tenderness, swelling, excessive tearing, and blurred vision. For most women and men who have breast cancer, maintaining a sense of normality is essential in keeping morality up. This is nearly impossible when canalicular stenosis makes it to where you cannot read, drive, wear makeup, or see correctly.
Even patients who did not take Taxotere on a weekly basis have developed serious canalicular stenosis, and the side-effect does not go away after treatment has stopped. In many cases, patients are suffering from watery eyes after they have finished with chemotherapy treatment.
If you or someone you love is suffering from canalicular stenosis, you must contact an experienced Taxotere lawyer today. An entirely preventable medical condition should not harm your quality of life.
How is Canalicular Stenosis Treated?
If it’s not caught early enough, canalicular stenosis has to be treated with an expensive and invasive surgery called Dacryocystorhinostomy. The surgery can help eliminate the excess fluid and mucus from the eyes by removing the bone near the nasolacrimal sac and moving the sac to create a new low-resistance pathway. Tears can then drain directly into the nasal cavity and bypass the obstructed duct.
Dacryocystorhinostomy comes with its own potential complications. As with any surgery, you are putting your body through the stress of a medical procedure, and sedation is always risky.
Depending on the surgery, patients can suffer from the following:
- Facial scarring around the eyes
- Blood hemorrhaging
- Leaking brain fluid
- Sinusitis and other infection
- Abnormally fused nose tissue
- Potential blindness
- A need for additional surgeries in the future
The surgery itself is also costly, putting further undue financial stress on you and your family. It’s important to remember that the Dacryocystorhinostomy procedure and the canalicular stenosis itself were utterly preventable. If your medical providers had been properly notified to watch out for side effects of Taxotere, you would never require a Dacryocystorhinostomy.
Additional Eye-Related Taxotere Complications
Unfortunately, canalicular stenosis is not the only eye-related compilation caused by taking Taxotere. Many other eye-related issues, beyond epiphora, can arise after Taxotere treatment.
Additional eye-related side effects include the following:
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Headaches and migraines
- Loss of vision
- Dry eyes
- Swollen eyelids
Our vision and eye health are crucial for our quality of life. Eye-related complications can cause emotional and physical distress that can have long-lasting effects. All of the eye-related complications from taking Taxotere were completely preventable.
Do I Have a Claim?
If you have suffered physically, emotionally, or mentally from the side effects of Taxotere, you most definitely have a claim and should pursue with Hotze Runkle PLLC’s help.
Thousands and thousands of cancer patients have now been the victim of Sanofi-Aventis and their neglect of proper warnings. If doctors had known the potential side effects of Taxotere, you could have been proactively treated throughout your chemotherapy. The manufacturer should be held responsible for the expensive complications it has caused numerous cancer patients.
Even if your cancer was successfully treated by taking Taxotere, you could still file a claim against Sanofi-Aventis for the complications caused by the drug. Going through chemotherapy is enough stress on your body and wallet, and you don’t deserve to suffer through unnecessary side effects.
Think You Might Qualify For Compensation? Take Our Quiz Today
Battling cancer changes everything, and a neglectful pharmaceutical company should not further impact your life. If you were diagnosed with canicular stenosis caused by Taxotere, you deserve to hold the manufacturer accountable for the harm you’ve suffered.
If you or someone you love has been negatively affected by Taxotere, you don’t have to suffer alone anymore. Hotze Runkle PLLC will fight alongside you against the pharmaceutical industry. We want nothing more than to ensure your financial security so that you can get back to healing and spending time with your loved ones. Together, we can take on the neglectful pharmaceutical company that caused you undue pain.
Take our quiz here to find out if you qualify for compensation, and let us fight for you and your rights to fair compensation.