Peripheral Neuropathy Caused By Chemotherapy

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What is chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy or CIPN?

Peripheral neuropathy is a set of symptoms caused by damage to the nerves that are away from the brain and spinal cord. These distant nerves are called peripheral nerves. They carry sensations (feeling) to the brain and control the movement of our arms and legs. They also control the bladder and bowel.

Some of the chemotherapy and other drugs used to treat cancer can damage peripheral nerves. When this happens it is called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). This can be a disabling side effect of cancer treatment.

Last Medical Review: 03/18/2015
Last Revised: 05/10/2016