Neurological symptoms at a glance
Neurological symptoms such as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) can have substantial impacts on your quality of life and ability to complete cancer treatment. About 30 to 40% of people treated with neurotoxic chemotherapy will develop CIPN. CIPN can linger for years after treatment is stopped.1Seretny M, Currie GL et al. Incidence, prevalence, and predictors of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Pain. 2014 Dec;155(12):2461-2470.
Neurological symptoms can display in several ways:
- Changes in sensation or function such as pain, tingling, or lack of coordination
- Muscle-related effects such as weakness or difficulty swallowing
- Cognitive effects such as memory loss or language impairment
- Pain-related effects such as headaches, back pain, or pain in hands or feet.
We discuss managing pain in our separate Pain handbook.
Both cancer itself and cancer treatments can cause or contribute to neurological symptoms and side effects. Conventional and complementary therapies can help you manage these symptoms.
Top practices and therapies for managing neurological symptoms
The effects of these practices and therapies on neurological symptoms are summarized on What approaches can help you manage neurological symptoms? ›
Therapies and practices we have reviewed
Therapies recommended in clinical practice guidelines; see guidelines ›
Cold or heat
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)