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, discussed this important topic and ways to manage it. Although peripheral…  Read More

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® (duloxetine) can provide some patients with significant relief from peripheral neuropathy…  Read More

Depression Drug May Ease Peripheral Neuropathy Pain

The antidepressant drug Duloxetine (Cymbalta®) was shown in a recent study to provide pain relief to people suffering from peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy. Chemotherapy drugs such as oxaliplatin (Eloxatin®, used in the FOLFOX regimen for colorectal cancer) can damage “peripheral” nerve cells (those beyond the brain and spinal cord), causing pain, tingling, numbness especially in…  Read More

Cold Weather's Coming. . . and Oxaliplatin Difficulties

There was frost on the grass this morning when I let the little dog out.  A hard freeze is predicted for the next few nights, a sign that winter and its ice and snow isn’t far off. Cold is a special problem for people who are getting Eloxatin® (oxaliplatin) for colon and rectal cancer.  Almost all…  Read More

Highlights from ASCO 2011

While there weren’t new blockbuster announcements for colorectal cancer this year at the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Annual Meeting, there was plenty of focus on making what we already have work better and on choosing the patients who will benefit the most from treatments, as well as those who might not be helped at…  Read More

Calcium and Magnesium Safely Reduce Oxaliplatin Side Effects

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…  Read More