Neuropathy (peripheral) is the damage that occurs to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord that carries messages to and from the rest of your body. Depending on where these nerves are located and damaged, various symptoms may develop such as:
- Numbness, tingling or pain in the hands and/or feet
- Muscle weakness
- A change in organ function, such as constipation
The damage to your nerves may have several causes as well:
- A tumor that presses on or grows into a peripheral nerve
- Some cancer treatments including certain chemotherapy drugs, radiation therapy or surgery
- Some cancer-related disorders such as paraneoplastic syndrome or shingles
- Non-cancer-related conditions and diseases, including diabetes.
- Neuropathy is damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves).
- The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) advises an integrative approach to managing peripheral neuropathy.
- A few other therapies have some evidence of effectiveness.
Managing your Neuropathy
The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) advises an integrative approach to managing peripheral neuropathy:[ 1 ]
- Eating well, including a balanced diet that includes specific nutrients such as vitamin B and antioxidants
- Physical therapy
- Moving more
- Credit: BCCT: Peipheral Neuropathy
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: Peripheral Neuropathy
- National Cancer Institute: Nerve Problems (Peripheral Neuropathy) and Cancer Treatment
- SIO clinical practice guidelines:
- Deng GE, Frenkel M et al. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for integrative oncology: complementary therapies and botanicals. Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology. 2009 Summer;7(3):85-120.
- Deng GE, Rausch SM et al. Complementary therapies and integrative medicine in lung cancer: diagnosis and management of lung cancer, 3rd ed: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Chest. 2013 May;143(5 Suppl):e420S-e436S.
- Greenlee H, DuPont-Reyes MJ et al. Clinical practice guidelines on the evidence-based use of integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2017 May 6;67(3):194-232.
- Integrative Cancer Review
- September 2018 Issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: Cancer.Net
- Keith I. Block, MD: Life over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment