Cryotherapy, as Frozen Gloves and Socks During Chemo, May Ease Neuropathy in Patients

Cryotherapy, as Frozen Gloves and Socks During Chemo, May Ease Neuropathy in Patients
Cryotherapy, which makes use of the beneficial properties of extremely cold temperatures, could help prevent damage in the peripheral nerves of patients receiving chemotherapy, a study suggests. Patients given frozen gloves and socks to wear for 90 minutes on one side of their body during weekly chemotherapy sessions with Taxol (paclitaxel), a common breast cancer treatment, reported significantly lower tactile deterioration, better perception of warmth, and reduced grades of nerve damage on that side. The study, “Effects of Cryotherapy on Objective and Subjective Symptoms of Paclitaxel-Induced Neuropathy: Prospective Self-Controlled Trial,” was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy reflects damage to the peripheral nerves caused by chemotherapy. The condition can cause pain, numbness, and tingling, affect quality of life and often result in treatment delays, reduced treatment doses, or treatment discontinuation. Comparing symptoms on both sides of the body in study participants, researchers assessed neuropathy by changes in tactile sensitivity before treatment, as well as through subjective symptoms and manual dexterity. Of the 40 people enrolled, 36 completed the study, and those who withdrew did not do so because of cold intolerance. Researchers observed that the incidence of neuropathy was significantly lower on the intervention side, both s
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  1. Wanda Northam, MD says:

    Wore cold mittens and bootie designed for chemo, and changed them out halfway through each session, and have very significant neuropathy from Taxol one and a half years later. So my career is still a no-go due to the neuropathy and, let me tell you, the freezing hands and feet during the over 1-hr infusion was the worst part of undergoing chemo.

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