CIPN is a common occurrence. Up to 90% of patients may suffer from CIPN during treatment and in nearly 50% of cases symptoms can persist 6 years after receiving chemotherapy treatment.3
The most common side effects of CIPN include tingling (“pins and needles”), burning, numbness, shooting pain, throbbing, stabbing, or “buzzing” sensation. Weakness in the area of the body affected is also a common side effect of CIPN.
In addition to sensory symptoms, CIPN can also impact critical bodily functions that affect walking, breathing, and blood pressure.4
Unfortunately, there are no FDA approved treatments for CIPN. Off-label usage of anticonvulsants, antidepressants, opioids, and topical analgesics are employed to mask the pain but fail to address the underlying problem of CIPN.