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My mom is undergoing chemotherapy-currently taxol- for breast cancer-is neuropathy that comes and goes a normal side effect?

My mom is undergoing chemotherapy-currently taxol- for breast cancer-is neuropathy that comes and goes a normal side effect?

Yes: It is one of the side effect, speak to the oncologist, it is good drug to stop the cancer cell growth. Good Luck ...Read more

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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Is Abraxane or Taxol (paclitaxel) better for neuropathy?

Is Abraxane or Taxol (paclitaxel) better for neuropathy?

Not really: Abraxane is a derivative of Taxol. It is employed after recurrent or metastatic pancreas cancers have failed Gemzar (gemcitabine) adding about 8 wks to the overall survival in these patients. The drug, protein-bound paclitaxel is an injectable formulation of paclitaxel, It has almost the same extent of neuropathy. ...Read more

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How long will I need to take vitamin B6 for peripheral neuropathy that was caused by chemotherapy?

How long will I need to take vitamin B6 for peripheral neuropathy that was caused by chemotherapy?

Get it from food: All people need vitamin b6 but most get it from food and so should you. It is present in many green vegetables. Eat well and you don't need to take it in pill form. ...Read more

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Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Finished my last Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy last week, having a side effect of my fingers swelling, swelling hurts, what can I do to stop the pain & swelling?

Hand swelling and pain: This is most likely side effect of Taxol (paclitaxel). Some side effects of taxol (paclitaxel) are neuropathy which is damaging of the nerve fibers joint pains and sometimes swelling of extremities. Most of this side effects get better after stopping the treatment but the neuropathy sometimes persists and requires lifelong medications. Follow up with your oncologist and discuss this problem. ...Read more

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Can adriamycin (doxorubicin) (chemo) cause neuropathy?

Can adriamycin (doxorubicin) (chemo) cause neuropathy?

Yes: Doxorubicin (adriamycin (doxorubicin)) can indeed cause nerve damage, but not always the typical 'peripheral neuropathy' seen with other chemotherapy drugs. It affects the myelin sheath of nerve and ganglia and can cause 'ganglionopathy'. Symptoms include numbness/tingling in both the arms/hands and legs/feet (not just the feet). Other drugs given alongside adriamycin (doxorubicin) can add to the risk. ...Read more

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What should I do to reduce the effects of neuropathy after chemo?

Difficult to treat: However, nerve pain medications like Gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin) can be beneficial. Some medications that can also be used as anti-depressants, such as Cymbalta or Effexor can be used as well. Topical pain creams containing ketamine can be helpful in treating chemo induced polyneuropathy as well. ...Read more

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Is autonomic neuropathy common after chemo? If you can develop it from chemotherapy, will it go away eventually?

Is autonomic neuropathy common after chemo? If you can develop it from chemotherapy, will it go away eventually?

Can happen: Autonomic neuropathies do occur with some chemotherapy treatments, but is less common than the sensory or sensorimotor neuropathies. The prognosis is dependent on the level of change, intensity of chemotherapy, and whether modifications of the chemotherapy were given as well as if treatment was initiated. See your oncologist and discuss the issue. ...Read more

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Oncologist told me to take sublingual b 12 for post chemo neuropathy. What dosage is recommended?

Oncologist told me to take sublingual b 12 for post chemo neuropathy. What dosage is recommended?

Ask your oncologist!: B12 does not help neuropathy due to chemotherapy. So unless your blood level of B12 is checked and found to be low, I would not advise you to take this medicine. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC treatment for chemo induced foot neuropathy?

Is there an OTC treatment for chemo induced foot neuropathy?

Maybe: Zostrix (capsaicin) 0.075% applied as a cream 3-4 times a day can help for neuropathic pain. It needs to be used for 10-14 days before becoming effective and initial applications can burn a bit. Pretreatment with a Lidocaine based gel beforehand can help prevent the zostrix (capsaicin) pain as well as help numb the painful area on its own. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy induces peripheral neuropathy?

What chemotherapy induces peripheral neuropathy?

Some: There are some chemo that can give you peripheral neuropathy for instance taxane (docetaxel, paclitaxol), vinca alkaloids (vincristine), platinum (oxaliplatin, cisplatin, carboplatin) etc. ...Read more

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What can be done for neuropathy in my feet after I had chemotherapy?

Medications: There are medications that can help - Neurontin (gabapentin) and Elavil to name two possibilities. There is also a modality known at "anodyne therapy" that some physical therapists offer that can also be beneficial. ...Read more

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Will a taxane for chemo cause permanent peripheral neuropathy if hereditary pn in family? Any alternative to taxane?

Will a taxane for chemo cause permanent peripheral neuropathy if hereditary pn in family? Any alternative to taxane?

Depends: Taxanes may cause permanent neuropathy in any patient although uncommon. There is increased intolerance to taxanes and preexisting sensory neuropathy. Unless the individual is effected by hereditary neuropathy I am not aware of any data suggesting an increased risk just because the family is affected. Whether taxanes can be replaced depends on disease and for what purpose it is used. ...Read more

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Got neuropathy after chemo 5 yrs ago; gone in 3 mo. Bak 2 yrs ago & now. Neuro md said could return for lifetime. Worry or not? Neuro md or fp? Worse

Got neuropathy after chemo 5 yrs ago; gone in 3 mo. Bak 2 yrs ago & now. Neuro md said could return for lifetime. Worry or not? Neuro md or fp? Worse

Neuropathy: Fp could probably do just fine. They will probably try a medicine like neurontin, lyrica, (pregabalin) or cymbalta. There are others but these are the most common. If the pain is the same as before this is the route I would take. ...Read more

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The symptoms of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy are expected to be?

The symptoms of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy are expected to be?

Peripheral neuropath: Most commonly presented as numbness/decreased sensation and tingling on your fingers and toes (stocking-glove pattern). When it is worse it can then be presented as pain / discomfort on your hands and feet. (painful neuropathy). Sometimes, particular chemotherapy like oxaliplatin also can give you cold induced pain.
Chemo induced neuropathy - usually is accumulative. ...Read more

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Does gabapantin use have a goal? Is there a point where I'm cured of post chemo neuropathy? Can I take metanx with I t? Chemo 1999.Numb feet 3 years.

Does gabapantin use have a goal? Is there a point where I'm cured of post chemo neuropathy? Can I take metanx with I t? Chemo 1999.Numb feet 3 years.

Neuritic pain: Chemo damages nerves. They can die, recover fully, or partial recovery with dysesthesia. Gabapentin (neurontin) helps during recovery to reduce pain. Once recovery period is over medication rarely helps. You are well past recovery period. Gabapentin should not affect other meds. ...Read more

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What can a neurologist do to help with neuropathy caused by radiation and chemo? My oncologist tells me I should be fine by now. I'm not.

Pain management need: You need pain PMR management. We are trained to diagnose and localize your pain problems. EMG will tell, us if you have neuropathy from the chemo, and options include rx and Herbal meds, spinal, cord stimulation, or other measures specific to your needs. ...Read more

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Anything my friend can do for neuropathy brought on by breast cancer chemo?

Anything my friend can do for neuropathy brought on by breast cancer chemo?

Meds: Couple of good medications available to include lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta, neurontin. Also would take vitamin b6 and b12. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for neuropathy and swollen hands that is caused by oxiplaten (a chemo drug)?

Difficult to treat: There are 2 forms acute and chronic. There are mixed benefits from use of calcium and magnesium infusion in the acute situation. The drug venlafaxine, an antidepressant has had some benefit in both situations. There are other drugs like Amitriptyline and Gabapentin has been helpful in some cases. It is hard to treat. It may very slowly improve if the drug is stopped. ...Read more

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I get into bed at night, the skin on my lower legs feels sensitive for a few mins. I have foot / leg neuropathy (6 yrs) re chemo & am sick right now.?

Discuss with doctor.: Many cases of the perepheral are ideopathic, meaning no identifiable cause, but chemotheraphy and diabetes are common reasons. You have not mentioned whether you are receiving chemo now and what kind of illness you have now.
Post chemotheapy neuropathy can be managed by multiple nerve pain pill including antipressant medications like Duloxetine and anti seizure drugs like gabaoentin. ...Read more

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I have severe neuropathy pain as a result of radiation & chemo for colorectal cancer Stage IIIB. Taking Neurontin. Tried Lyrica (pregabalin). Nothing is helping.

I have severe neuropathy pain as a result of radiation & chemo for colorectal cancer Stage IIIB. Taking Neurontin. Tried Lyrica (pregabalin). Nothing is helping.

See pain management: Specialist. Neuropathic pain is one of the most challenging and complex pain syndromes. You should see specifically a pain management specialist to manage your pain. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breastcancer, chemotherapy and experiences with Taxol (paclitaxel)?

Can you tell me about breastcancer, chemotherapy and experiences with Taxol (paclitaxel)?

Paclitaxel: Paclitaxel or Taxol (paclitaxel) is a micro tubule inhibitor. It has great activity in breast cancer. Side effects include low blood counts, hair loss, numbness and tingling which may persist despite stopping the drug. Typically given either weekly or every other week in breast cancer. It is mixed with a chemical called cremophor which can cause an allergic reaction so patients are monitored. ...Read more

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What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

What is the role of Taxol (paclitaxel) in chemotherapy?

Kills cancer cells!: Taxol (paclitaxel) works by preventing cancer cells from reproducing themselves. In the picture you can see green "microtubules" that are pulling a cancer cell apart into two daughter cells. Taxol blocks microtubules, preventing them from being able to pull the cancer cell into two daughter cells. The cancer cell gets stuck trying to divide, and it dies. Taxol works for many cancer types. ...Read more

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Can the reoccurance of cervix cancer within pelvis be cured with chemo[carboplatin+taxol]?

Ask your Oncologist: This is a question patients often ask their oncologists when he/she recommends chemotherapy. So you should ask and see the answer you get. Then we can also verify it for you, if needed. ...Read more

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I'm taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?

I'm taking Taxol (paclitaxel) chemotherapy, my lips and skin are now drying out. What can I use to ease this problem?

Lips and skin: Pharmacists are, in my opinion, the best folks to help you select the best 'over the counter" creams for your lips and something else for your skin.
If you decide to go that route please let me know how things are going. ...Read more

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Comp 16 weeks of taxol/herceptin. Diangosis with mult pe's recently and about to begin a/c chemo. Will this be possible with existing pe's in both lungs?

Comp 16 weeks of taxol/herceptin. Diangosis with mult pe's recently and about to begin a/c chemo. Will this be possible with existing pe's in both lungs?

Yes: You have obviously survived the bilateral pulmonary emboli. You didn't mention being on Coumadin (warfarin) or any blood thinner but you should be if you are not (speak to your doctor). Hopefully, most of the clot on your lungs has dissolved. If you can't be on blood thinners for some reason, you could have a filter placed in your vena cava. Having cancer is a risk factor for having blood clots and pes. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 tnbc before I was to start AC chemo my platelets were too low 85. Started Taxol (paclitaxel) for a week now my liver enzymes are too high 590?

I have stage 4 tnbc before I was to start AC chemo my platelets were too low 85. Started Taxol (paclitaxel) for a week now my liver enzymes are too high 590?

Further eval: If platelets were low before starting, il'd worry that you have spread to the bone marrow. In that case, you would get treatment anyway, no matter what the counts, in hopes of clearing the marrow. If your liver enzymes are high, there may be liver metastases.
I don't know your'e whole story, but I would strongly consider treating with something like Carboplatin and abraxane. Also check her2 again. ...Read more

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AFTER taxol/A/C for breast cancer stage2, path result-Lympho vascular invasion-shouldn't chemo resolved this? What now?

Ask your oncologist!: You need to givel us more information...Did the tumor shrink on chemotherapy? How much. Shrinkage? If the tumor did not shrink much, that is a bad sign. But if it reduced in size substantially then you are on the right track. But your oncologist can address your questions and guide you better. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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Neuropathy (Definition)

Weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in ...Read more