Lawsuit tests alleged HRT-cancer link
03:45 PM CST on Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Many have lost friends and relatives to breast cancer
It has taken Carole Clements years to have something to sing about again.
Five years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer which she now believes was caused by the medicine she took for hot flashes.
"It makes you mad. You think it caused something. I never would have had this if I hadn't taken this medicine," she says.
The potential danger of estrogen and progesterone together became national news three years ago when the Women's Health Initiative linked the drug combination to breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Many menopausal women took the HRT combo for years.
Dallas attorney Les Weisbrod says the drug makers misled patients.
"I mean, why not just give them a revolver with a bullet in it and say 'let's play Russian roulette with this drug.' We don't know what's going to happen to you if you take it for five or ten years. That's wrong."
He represents 800 women and will try one of the first of these cases in the country this summer.
In hindsight, Carole Clements wishes she would have toughed out the hot flashes.
"It couldn't be any worse than taking the chemo, radiation."
She's now looking forward to putting all the pain behind her.