Cold is a special problem for people who are getting Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin) for colon and rectal cancer. Almost all patients on FOLFOX will experience acute neuropathy within a few hours of each oxaliplatin infusion. This is acute, short-term, and ends within few days.
About a third will go on to a chronic peripheral neuropathy that begins as oxaliplatin doses accumulate. Most patients will experience some tingling and numbness in their hands and feet. A very few will have pain and difficulty walking.
Chronic neuropathy usually fades in the months after treatment ends, but may linger as long as a year or 18 months. It remains a long-term problem for a small percentage of patients.
As cold weather approaches, you need to take care if you are on FOLFOX treatment or have peripheral neuropathy left over from previous treatment. Read the rest of this entry »