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Colorectal Cancer Drug Implicated in Possible Permanent Nerve Damage

 
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Axonal loss was detected by electrophysiology, rTNS, and distal leg IENFD. Several subjects reported prominent sensory symptoms that were not associated with axon loss, and that may or may not represent neuropathy."

The aim of the research was to bring in punch biopsies as a routine to detect neurological damage after cancer drug usage and to develop other drugs to counter these side effects.

Sources:

Popular Colorectal Cancer Drug May Cause Permanent Nerve Damage, John Hopkins Medicine, News release, 27th September 2011. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/popular_colorectal_cancer_drug_may_cause_permanent_nerve_damage

Longitudinal assessment of oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy, Neurology, September 6, 2011 vol. 77 no. 10 980-986. Abstract: http://www.neurology.org/content/77/10/980.abstract?sid=978002a4-c22a-402c-bf60-e1e308bbd1cf

Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/. She is author of the book, 'Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation,' and co-author of an educational resource on disabled parenting.

Reviewed October 18, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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