Be There In Boston For The Historic DES Breast Cancer Cases

9 Aug

DES Bottles and Pills

Although the drug diethylstilbestrol has claimed the lives of vaginal and cervical cancer victims since the 1960’s, DES daughters are now facing a new threat as they move beyond 40 years of age.  An ongoing study at Boston University has found a relative risk of 2.05, or 105% higher risk of breast cancer in DES daughters above the age of 40 as compared to unexposed women.  This breast cancer risk increases to 285% as DES daughters reach their 50’s.

Many DES daughters are fighting back.  Litigation is under way to hold the drug companies that manufactured DES responsible.  Ms. Robertson of North Carolina, who was never able to have children because of her in uteroexposure to DES, is now battling stage four breast cancer that had spread to her lungs, liver, spine, and kidneys.  She and her mother, who is now 88 years old, are hoping to hold drug giants like Eli Lilly and Bristol Myers Squibb accountable for their negligence through this lawsuit.

The DES saga has come full circle.  In the late 1960’s, Dr. Arthur L. Herbst observed a streak of highly unusual cases of clear cell adenocarcinoma of the vagina, a very rare cancer, in five teenagers who all sought treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  Forty years later, the DES tragedy has come home to Boston for resolution.   53 DES daughter breast cancer cases from across the country are now before Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler of the United States District Court of Massachusetts.   Judge Bowler is experienced in DES issues.  She will be examining the scientific grounding of the plaintiffs’ experts’ findings in a Daubert hearing in September of this year.   Judge Bowler’s ruling will impact the fate of DES breast cancer litigations nationwide.

YOU can attend and show your support on September 8 and September 12-23 at Boston’s Federal Courthouse.  Stay tuned for more details.

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One Response to “Be There In Boston For The Historic DES Breast Cancer Cases”

  1. Andrea August 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    It would be nice to have a group of DES daughers there on one of these days along with media coverage.

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