Causes of CIPN

During the treatment of cancer, chemotherapy drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy in up to 60% of patients receiving chemotherapy. The symptoms and signs of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) depend on which nerves are involved. Common symptoms include:

Pain, ranging from persistent and dull pain to pain that comes and goes/shooting or stabbing pain

Burning and tingling in your feet and hands

Loss of feeling and numbness

Balance problems

Increased sensitivity to cold or heat

Shrinking muscles and muscle weakness

The hallmarks of CIPN are pain and the effect it has on your ability to do things such as walking, writing, and picking up things. If it progresses, it can cause more serious complications.

As chemotherapy drugs spread throughout the body, certain types of chemotherapy drugs can cause damage to different nerves. Signs of CIPN usually begin to show up farthest from the head and move closer to it over time. Usually, patients will notice CIPN symptoms in their feet and later in the hands. CIPN can begin at any time once chemotherapy starts, and often gets worse as treatments go on. Thirty percent of patients receiving chemotherapy will have the symptoms of CIPN permanently.

The office of Dr. Peter Carney offers this revolutionary treatment for those who suffer from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Learn more about your options by calling (574) 389-7737 or contacting us online today.

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