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URMC - June 2016
Researchers at the University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Institute discovered that exercise can act as an inexpensive way to address neuropathy in hands and feet due to chemotherapy. Patients took part in a six-week walking routine with gentle, resistance-band training at home. Those who exercised reported fewer symptoms associated with neuropathy, which includes shooting or burning pain, tingling, numbness, and sensitivity to cold.
Though not all chemotherapy drugs cause neuropathy, 60% of those with breast cancer and other solid tumors receiving taxanes, vinca alkaloids, and platinum-based chemotherapies are inclined to suffer the side effect. Though typically associated with diabetes and nerve damage, there are currently not FDA-approved drugs available to prevent or treat chemo-induced neuropathy.
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