What's the Treatment for Chemotherapy Neuropathy?

  • Medical Author:
    Standiford Helm II, MD

    Dr. Helm has been practicing interventional pain management since 1982. Dr. Helm is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology with subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine and of the American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Helm is a Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP), the only certifying agency which tests the ability to perform interventional pain procedures. Dr. Helm is also an examiner for FIPP.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Ask the experts

I have neuropathy in my feet following chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Are there any new treatments or medicine that will relieve the pain and tingling?

Doctor's response

Peripheral neuropathy has been area of exciting new developments in medicine. We have for decades used antidepressant and anti-seizure medications for neuropathic pain. Recently, one medication from each class, duloxetine and pregabalin, has been approved by the FDA for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is very close to the type of neuropathy which you have. These drugs are either easier to use, have fewer side effects, or are slightly more effective than other options.

We are also using opioids more often to treat peripheral neuropathy. Implantable devices, such as spinal cord stimulators, can be tried, but have had limited success in treating peripheral neuropathy.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

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"Overview of neurologic complications of non-platinum cancer chemotherapy"
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