Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) Pocket Guide

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is numbness, tingling and pain in the hands, feet, fingers and toes. It is often caused by cancer treatment. You pronounce it “purr-IF-err-ull nurr-AW-path-ee.” It is also called CIPN for “chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.”

If you need certain types of chemotherapy drugs to treat your cancer, PN is possible. These drugs include:

  • The platinum drugs, such as cisplatin and oxaliplatin.
  • The taxanes, such as paclitaxel and docetaxel.
  • The vinca alkaloid drugs, such as vincristine, vinblastine, and vinorelbine.
  • Drugs used to treat myeloma, such as bortezomib or thalidomide.

Topics: Cancer

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