Chemotherapy (chemo) can treat ovarian cancer, but cure and survival rates vary. Potential survival benefits from optimized chemotherapy implementation in advanced ovarian cancer range from 41% to 19%, depending on the stage of the ovarian cancer. Different factors that make each case unique will alter the five-year survival rate among different patients. Some studies even suggest that surgery for recurrent ovarian cancer does not improve survival.
The unpredictable nature of cancer contributes to the high costs of treatment using combinations of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Increasing the odds of curing any case of cancer involves early detection, which wellness and preventative-based healthcare may allow. People who do not know they live at-risk for certain types of cancer may not seek medical attention, especially if they do not have a history of such cancers in their families. When a company produces a defective product that causes cancer, it may bear liability for victims’ losses. Why chemo may cure ovarian cancer for some, it is not the only method of treatment available, and everyone responds to treatments differently.
Johnson & Johnson Faces Nearly 18,000 Cancer Lawsuits
As of 2020, Johnson & Johnson faces almost 18,000 lawsuits for failing to inform consumers about their potentially contaminated powder products, according to a recent report by Bloomberg. While Johnson & Johnson won a number of cases before 2020, recent discoveries and legal battles have not sided in their favor. Most recently, an 82-year-old woman won $9 million from the company for selling products that caused her cancer.
Legal battles began around 2017 when internal documents from Johnson & Johnson surfaced. To further expand the public knowledge on the connection between the company’s powder use and cases of cancer, Reuters published an investigative analysis of internal documents dating back to the 1980s that confirmed the tainted products. Despite the U.S. Food & Drug Administration report with findings of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson products in 2019 and a voluntary recall of powder products by Johnson & Johnson, the company stands by its position that its talcum-powder products remain safe.
If a company knowingly hides information that any of their products contain cancer-causing agents, like carcinogens, the company may bear liability for losses their customers suffer due to their negligence or outright recklessness. For patients who believe their cancer resulted from long-term use of Johnson & Johnson powders, litigation provides one way to pursue the company for awards covering some of the costly treatment of cancer, pain and suffering, and more.
Ovarian Cancer Treatment Options
Treating ovarian cancer may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. In some cases, ovarian cancer patients may choose to take part in clinical trials, which experiment with new forms of cancer treatment and benefit public health. Some may think that only chemo cures ovarian cancer, but there are many factors than can impact recovery. Additionally, patients with ovarian cancer may find that a combination of treatments helps them, rather than relying on one treatment.
Preventative care for people who live at risk of developing cancer may provide a proactive option for fighting cancer, but not all at-risk people seek testing regularly. A lack of family history of cancer may prevent someone who suffered exposure to cancer-causing toxins in Johnson & Johnson’s products from seeking a cancer screening.
Survival Rates of Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Cancer treatment and five-year survival rates vary for patients because each case of cancer proves unique. The more time a person waits to discover a case of cancer, the more likely the cancer may spread throughout the organs, making it more difficult to treat. If a person seeks screening and detects ovarian cancer early—before it spreads to other areas of their body—they face an average five-year survival rate of 90%, according to CA Cancer Journal for Clinicians. For advanced stages of cancer, combined five-year survival rates remain significantly lower.
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Legal Options for Ovarian Cancer Resulting from Talcum Powder Use
Do you have a history of using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products? If so, our lawyers want to help. When big corporations like Johnson & Johnson fail to adequately inform consumers about products with potential contamination of asbestos, they should bear the responsibility of covering the victims’ losses. Over time, exposure to asbestos can result in devastating diseases like cancer.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may defend your rights by holding liable parties accountable for their negligence. Do not worry about the cost of pursuing your case as our lawyers work on a contingency-fee-basis. Call our offices today for a free consultation by dialing (800) 794-0444.