Coping with Peripheral Neuropathy in Childhood Cancer
Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (Peripheral Nervous System), are damaged. Peripheral nerves carry information back and forth between your brain and spinal cord, called the Central Nervous System (CNS), and the rest of the body.
Peripheral Neuropathies can be classified according to the type of nerve predominantly involved, or by the underlying cause.
Depending on which nerves are affected, you may notice a change in sensation, especially in your child’s hands and feet, such as numbness, tingling, or pain. Your child may also experience muscle weakness (myopathy); and changes in organ function, resulting in constipation or dizziness.
Peripheral Neuropathy can occur in relation to diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, or thyroid disorder; nutritional deficiencies, such as a deficiency in vitamin B12; or inherited conditions, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Peripheral Neuropathy is a relatively common side effect of cancer, and although anyone with a cancer diagnosis is at risk for Peripheral Neuropathy, certain factors can increase the risk.
The treatment used for Peripheral Neuropathy will depend on the cause and associated symptoms. While many individuals do recover fully from the disorder over time, the condition is sometimes more difficult to treat and may require long-term management. Many treatment strategies for peripheral neuropathy are symptomatic.
Read more about the Effects, Signs and Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment and more regarding Peripheral Neuropathy on our static page, Peripheral Neuropathy in Childhood Cancer
Posted on 6 July, 2016, in Blog, Cancer Treatments and tagged cancer, Child Cancer Awareness, childhood cancer, Children with Cancer, Fighting Cancer, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, peripheral neuropathy, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.