Infusions of calcium and magnesium can reduce numbness and tingling caused by oxaliplatin without affecting survival, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. But the infusions didn’t affect treatment success.
Most colorectal cancer patients being treated with oxaliplatin chemotherapy experience some sensory peripheral neuropathy that may vary from mild tingling in their hands and feet to pain and difficulty walking. Although peripheral neuropathy usually gets better within a few months after treatment ends, it can last years for some patients.
Sometimes patients need to stop oxaliplatin treatments before they get full advantage from them because of this troublesome side effect. Read the rest of this entry »