In recent years, medical researchers have made a frightening connection between the long-term use of talcum powder as a feminine hygiene product and the development of ovarian cancer. For decades, many women habitually used talc-based products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower to Shower Powder on their genital area or on sanitary napkins to absorb moisture and odors. After believing this over-the-counter product was completely safe for this purpose, many women learned that they had cancerous tumors in their ovaries. As noted by the FDA,1 researchers believe that talc particles can travel up the reproductive system to the ovaries and lead to the development of ovarian cancer.
Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
When you are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the next few days, weeks, months, or even years will be a whirlwind that is solely focused on beating the cancer. The exact treatment plan will depend on the stage at which the cancer was diagnosed, whether the cancer has spread, and the overall health of the patient. However, the two main forms of treatment are surgery and chemotherapy.
Surgery — Except for women with a very early diagnosis in stage 1A, most women will have to undergo the surgical removal of both ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and womb. This will eliminate the ability for the patient to have children in the future. In patients with more advanced stages, the surgical sites may vary depending on where the cancer has spread away from the ovary.
Chemotherapy — Once a patient recovers from surgery, they will likely have to undergo chemotherapy2 unless they are in the very early stages. Chemotherapy may also be administered before surgery to make the cancer easier to remove. Chemotherapy can be costly, time-consuming, and can cause painful symptoms that make a patient very ill.
Even with aggressive surgery and chemotherapy, many women with advanced ovarian cancer do not survive.
Discuss your Situation with an Experienced Drug Injury Lawyer Today
If you used talc products and have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, you should not delay in calling to discuss your rights with a skilled drug injury attorney. Many people are filing legal claims regarding talcum powder and some have already been awarded significant settlements. However, time is of the essence in these cases and the sooner you call, the sooner we can begin investigating whether or not you have a viable claim. Call us at McEwen Law Firm – USDrugLawsuit at 651-224-3833 for a free consultation today.