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Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) in Staten Island, NY

Calmare Pain Relief Solutions offers treatment for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy to the residents of Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the surrounding communities in New York.

What is chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)?

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is the damage done to the peripheral nervous system—the system that transmits information between the central nervous system and the rest of the body—that is caused by some chemotherapy agents.

Symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy include numbness, tingling, or burning sensations. Patients may also notice that things previously not painful now cause pain, such as touching hot or cold items. Symptoms often begin in the fingertips or toes and may progress. And while not as common, patients also may develop some weakness.

Some chemotherapy drugs may cause immediate reaction after the first dose while others have a delayed onset of symptoms. Patients who have experienced pre-existing peripheral neuropathy may be at risk for more severe and longer lasting neuropathy.

How is chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy treated?

The condition may be treated with Calmare® Therapy, a non-narcotic, non-invasive medical procedure for the treatment of chronic pain. For more information about Calmare® Therapy, please click here.

Who is a candidate for treatment?

During your visit with the doctor, be sure to report all of the symptoms that you experience. This is especially helpful as not all cancer patients will experience pain. Your doctor also may ask you to rate your pain symptoms so that he can determine the level of pain that you are experiencing. Upon evaluation, your doctor will prescribe other tools that will help him to monitor the severity of your condition. These tools include a total neuropathy score, which combines all of the symptoms you experience and gives them a score; nerve conduction studies; physical functions; and your sensory and motor skills assessment.

What is the recovery process?

The goal with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is to decrease the symptoms. This can be done with a variety of measures depending on your individual condition. Patches, creams, and numbing medications have all proven effective. It is not clear, however, how many patients experience a complete resolution of their cancer pain symptoms or how long it will take these symptoms to resolve, since there are no published studies that examine these issues. Many patients report to their doctors that their symptoms have either improved or totally resolved over time.

Patients are under medical management during the recovery phase with an emphasis on minimizing and reducing pharmaceutical usage.

Calmare Pain Relief Solutions offers non-narcotic, non-invasive options for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy to the residents of Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the surrounding communities in New York.

Our team of physicians, who boast more than 30 years of combined experience in neuropathy and are certified in the administration of Calmare® Therapy, is specially trained to help you manage and treat a number of pain conditions, including back pain, chest pain, neck pain, and nerve pain, as well as the pain often associated with cancer treatment. We also treat other painful conditions such as pain associated with shingles, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). To schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, call Calmare Pain Relief Solutions at 718-984-9020.

Written by Calmare Pain Relief Solutions August 21, 2013