October 2013 Webinar – Peripheral Neuropathy

Have you ever experienced peripheral neuropathy?  Did it feel like a numbness or tingling in your hands or feet?  Did it last several weeks, or several years?  Cindy S. Tofthagen, Ph.D., ARNP, AOCNP, University of South Florida College of Nursing Assistant Professor and Concentration Director of Oncology,…

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Two Advances in Understanding, Treating Painful Chemo Neuropathy

Recent studies show some promise in understanding chemo-caused neuropathy, and perhaps in using a common medicine to ease the worst symptoms in some people. Study shows neuropathy relief for some using antidepressant  A well-designed clinical study has provided the first evidence that the antidepressant Cymbalta®…

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Effexor Reduces Pain from Cold

Colorectal cancer patients getting oxaliplatin quickly learn to avoid cold. Drinks with ice, chilly air, even opening the freezer can produce sudden, sharp pain, burning, or an unpleasant pins and needle feeling in their throat and hands. A small study has found that venlafaxine (Effexor)…

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Picoplatin Effective for CRC with Less Neuropathy

Picoplatin can be as effective as oxaliplatin as an initial treatment for advanced colorectal cancer but has less neuropathy. Updated information comparing picoplatin in combination with 5-FU and leucovorin (FOLPI) to the standard oxaliplatin treatment (FOLFOX) found similar response rates.  About half of patients on…

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Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: November 7

Briefly Patients with diabetes aren’t any more likely to develop neuropathy in hands and feet when treated with oxaliplatin. Learn more about  current colorectal cancer prevention and treatment at a Memorial Sloan Kettering CancerSmart workshop on November 12.  NIH has a downloaded booklet on palliative…

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Calcium and Magnesium Infusions Reduce Neurotoxicity with Oxaliplatin

Update from 2008 ASCO Meeting in Chicago A study presented during the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting showed that adding IV infusions of calcium and magnesium to oxaliplatin treatment reduced peripheral neuropathy. Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin) is part of the FOLFOX treatments for colorectal cancer.  As…

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