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Cancer pain, neuropathy, pain

M Andriamamonjy, J-B Delmotte, F Savinelli, H Beaussier, F Coudore
INTRODUCTION: Oxaliplatin is a platinum derivate widely used in cancer treatment but producing dose-limiting peripheral neurotoxicity. Acute neuropathy is characterized by a transient cold-induced distal allodynia whereas chronic neuropathy leads to sensory loss. In order to design a method for quantitative assessment of oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy, we developed a study that aims to characterize the most appropriate skin area of the hand to perform sensory tests. METHODS: We included patients treated during at least 6 months with oxaliplatin...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Yueh-Ling Hsieh, Li-Wei Chou, Shao-Fu Hong, Fei-Chi Chang, Szu-Wen Tseng, Chi-Chou Huang, Ching-Hsiang Yang, Chen-Chia Yang, Wei-Feng Chiu
BACKGROUND: Oxaliplatin is a platinum compound that is widely used in the treatment of some solid tumours. Oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy (OIPN) in the upper and lower extremities is the major adverse side effect and represents the main dose-limiting factor of this drug. The aim of this single-arm study was to evaluate the feasibility and effects of laser acupuncture (LA) in the treatment of OIPN in patients with advanced gastrointestinal cancers. METHODS: 17 gastrointestinal cancer survivors (14 colorectal and 3 gastric cancers), who had been treated with oxaliplatin-based chemotherapies, were recruited...
October 2016: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Janet M Schloss, Maree Colosimo, Caroline Airey, Paul Masci, Anthony W Linnane, Luis Vitetta
INTRODUCTION: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a debilitating side effect resulting from neurotoxic chemotherapeutic agents. This study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of an oral B group vitamin compared to placebo, in preventing the incidence of CIPN in cancer patients undergoing neurotoxic chemotherapy. METHODS: A pilot, randomised, placebo-controlled trial was conducted. Newly diagnosed cancer patients prescribed with taxanes, oxaliplatin or vincristine were invited to participate...
September 9, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Robert L Askew, Karon F Cook, Francis J Keefe, Cindy J Nowinski, David Cella, Dennis A Revicki, Esi M Morgan DeWitt, Kaleb Michaud, Dace L Trence, Dagmar Amtmann
OBJECTIVES: Neuropathic pain (NP) is a consequence of many chronic conditions. This study aimed to develop an unidimensional NP scale with scores that represent levels of NP and distinguish between individuals with NP and non-NP conditions. METHODS: A candidate item pool of 42 pain quality descriptors was administered to participants with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy, and cancer chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. A subset of pain quality descriptors (items) that best distinguished between participants with and those without NP conditions were identified...
July 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Yongming Xu, Guangxia Cheng, Yanrong Zhu, Xin Zhang, Shaofeng Pu, Junzhen Wu, Yingying Lv, Dongping Du
Paclitaxel (Taxol) is a powerful chemotherapy drug used in breast cancers, but it often causes neuropathic pain, leading to the early cessation of therapy and poor treatment outcomes. Approaches for the management of paclitaxel-induced neuropathic pain are urgently needed. The involvement of spinal astrocytes in the pathogenesis of paclitaxel-induced neuropathy has been reported, but little is known about the role of fluorocitrate (FC), a selective inhibitor of astrocyte activation, during neuropathic pain related to paclitaxel treatment...
October 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Jolien Robijns, Sandrine Censabella, Paul Bulens, Annelies Maes, Jeroen Mebis
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with an incidence of 1.7 million in 2012. Breast cancer and its treatments can bring along serious side effects such as fatigue, skin toxicity, lymphedema, pain, nausea, etc. These can substantially affect the patients' quality of life. Therefore, supportive care for breast cancer patients is an essential mainstay in the treatment. Low-level light therapy (LLLT) also named photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) has proven its efficiency in general medicine for already more than 40 years...
August 19, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
Deirdre R Pachman, Rui Qin, Drew Seisler, Ellen M Lavoie Smith, Suneetha Kaggal, Paul Novotny, Kathryn J Ruddy, Jacqueline M Lafky, Lauren E Ta, Andreas S Beutler, Nina D Wagner-Johnston, Nathan P Staff, Axel Grothey, Patrick M Dougherty, Guido Cavaletti, Charles L Loprinzi
PURPOSE: Oxaliplatin and paclitaxel are commonly used chemotherapies associated with acute and chronic neuropathies. There is a need to better understand the similarities and differences of these clinical syndromes. METHODS: Neuropathy data were pooled from patients receiving adjuvant oxaliplatin and weekly paclitaxel or every 3 weeks of paclitaxel. Patients completed daily questionnaires after each chemotherapy dose and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer quality-of-life questionnaire for patients with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy before each chemotherapy cycle and for 12 months post-treatment...
August 18, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
S Expósito Vizcaíno, J Casanova-Mollà, L Escoda, S Galán, J Miró
INTRODUCTION: The neuropathic pain is the most habitual problem in the neuropathy induced by chemotherapy (NIQ) and the one that more interferes in the quality of life of the patients. His precocious detection turns out to be fundamental to reduce or to eliminate the problems that from this one stem. The aims of this study were: 1) determine the incident and NIQ's characteristics and neuropathic pain in patients with mieloma multiple (MM) treated with bortezomib, and 2) to evaluate the impact of the neuropathic pain in the activities of the daily life (AVD)...
July 27, 2016: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
Noah R Zanville, Kelly N H Nudelman, Dori J Smith, Diane Von Ah, Brenna C McDonald, Victoria L Champion, Andrew J Saykin
PURPOSE: To describe the impact of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms (CIPN-sx) on breast cancer survivors' (BCS) perceived ability to work post-treatment. METHODS: The sample included 22 chemotherapy-treated (Ctx+) and 22 chemotherapy-naïve (Ctx-) female BCS. Data was collected at the following three time points: baseline (post-surgery, pre-chemotherapy), 1 month (1 M) post-chemotherapy, and approximately 1 year (1 Y) later. The presence, frequency, number, and severity of CIPN-sx were self-reported using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy/Gynecologic Oncology Group-Neurotoxicity questionnaire (FACT/GOG-Ntx) version 4, a validated 11-item CIPN measure...
November 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Toru Sugiyama, Aikou Okamoto, Takayuki Enomoto, Tetsutaro Hamano, Eriko Aotani, Yasuhisa Terao, Nao Suzuki, Mikio Mikami, Nobuo Yaegashi, Kiyoko Kato, Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Yoshihito Yokoyama, Hiroshi Tanabe, Koji Nishino, Hiroyuki Nomura, Jae-Weon Kim, Byoung-Gie Kim, Sandro Pignata, Jerome Alexandre, John Green, Seiji Isonishi, Fumitoshi Terauchi, Keiichi Fujiwara, Daisuke Aoki
PURPOSE: Clear cell carcinoma (CCC) is a rare histologic subtype that demonstrates poor outcomes in epithelial ovarian cancer. The Japanese Gynecologic Oncology Group conducted the first randomized phase III, CCC-specific clinical trial that compared irinotecan and cisplatin (CPT-P) with paclitaxel plus carboplatin (TC) in patients with CCC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Six hundred sixty-seven patients with stage I to IV CCC of the ovary were randomly assigned to receive irinotecan 60 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8, and 15 plus cisplatin 60 mg/m(2) on day 1 (CPT-P group) every 4 weeks for six cycles or paclitaxel 175 mg/m(2) plus carboplatin area under the curve 6...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Filipa Fontes, Susana Pereira, José Manuel Castro-Lopes, Nuno Lunet
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the prevalence of neurological complications among breast cancer patients at one and three years after diagnosis, and to identify factors associated with neuropathic pain (NP) and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective cohort study including 475 patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer, recruited among those proposed for surgical treatment (Portuguese Institute of Oncology, Porto). Patients underwent a neurological evaluation and had their cognitive function assesses with the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, before treatment and at one and three years after enrollment...
October 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Laura S Humphries, Daniel A Baluch, Lukas M Nystrom, Dariusz Borys, Michael S Bednar
BACKGROUND: Metastatic solid tumors to the hand and peripheral nerves are exceedingly rare independent occurrences. Their occurrence together has never been reported in the literature. METHODS: We present a case report of a 69 year old male with a previous history of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) presenting with a rapidly-growing painful mass located at the right volar ulnar wrist, found to have endoneural solid tumor metastatic RCC to the ulnar nerve. RESULTS: Preoperative MRI imaging of the wrist revealed a heterogeneous mass on the volar aspect of the wrist extending along the length of the ulnar artery and nerve to the level of Guyon's canal...
June 2016: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
Juan Ignacio Arraras, Berta Hernandez, Maite Martinez, Koldo Cambra, Mikel Rico, Jose Juan Illarramendi, Antonio Viudez, Berta Ibañez, Uxue Zarandona, Enrique Martinez, Ruth Vera
PURPOSE: This paper studies the Quality of Life (QL) of Spanish advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients receiving platinum-doublet chemotherapy, compares our results with those from studies from other cultural areas, and identifies factors associated with global QL and survival prognostic variables. METHODS: EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-LC13 questionnaires were completed three times by 39 patients along treatment and follow-up. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to study global QL determinants (≤50 points considered low global-QL score)...
2016: SpringerPlus
Aneta Kilian-Kita, Mirosława Puskulluoglu, Kamil Konopka, Krzysztof Krzemieniecki
Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative medical treatment (CAM) which is increasingly used in the care of cancer patients. Traditionally derived from Chinese medicine, nowadays it is becoming a part of evidence-based oncology. The use of acupuncture in these patients has been recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for the treatment of side effects associated with conventional cancer therapy and cancer-related ailments. A growing body of evidence supports the use of acupuncture in the treatment of cancer-induced pain and chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting...
2016: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
Tara Horrill
A 65-year-old man presents to the emergency department with increasing back pain. His history includes hypertension, peripheral neuropathy, duodenal ulcer, superior mesenteric vein thrombus, stage IIB colon cancer treated with surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy, renal cell carcinoma treated with surgery, and prostate cancer treated with surgery and radiation. He is otherwise healthy. His family history is positive for colon cancer. Physical examination found significantly elevated blood pressure and a computed tomography scan of the thoracic and lumbar spine was performed, with findings of a type B aortic dissection extending from the aberrant right subclavian artery down to the abdominal aorta...
July 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
Tetsuya Sakai, Hiroaki Murata, Tetsuya Hara
The genitofemoral neuropathy is one of the most common causes of groin pain after surgery. Especially, the groin pain induced by genitofemoral nerve injury during herniorrhaphy is a well-known complication. In contrast, much attention is not paid for groin pain induced by genitofemoral nerve injury after pelvic surgery, and there have been few reports in males, although it has been reported in females. We report a 59-year-old male patient who suffered from scrotal pain caused by presumed genitofemoral nerve injury during radical cystectomy and bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy for bladder cancer...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Masahiko Sumitani, Toru Ogata, Akina Natori, Jun Hozumi, Nobutake Shimojo, Kumiko Kida, Hideko Yamauchi, Teruo Yamauchi
The phosphorylated form of the high-molecular-weight neurofilament heavy subunit (pNF-H) is a major structural protein in axons. The pNF-H level is elevated in the serum of certain patients with central nervous disorders, including chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment. The present study was conducted to elucidate the potential role of pNF-H as a marker of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). A total of 71 patients with early breast cancer in various stages of treatment (following 1, 3 or 7 cycles of chemotherapy, or a previous history of breast cancer chemotherapy) were assessed with a self-administered PainDETECT questionnaire [pain location, pain intensity on an 11-point numeric rating scale (NRS), and various pain qualities] and a single serum pNF-H measurement...
June 2016: Biomedical Reports
Tejal Patel, Feng Chang, Heba Tallah Mohammed, Lalitha Raman-Wilms, Jane Jurcic, Ayesha Khan, Beth Sproule
The treatment of chronic pain consumes a significant share of primary care. Community and family health team pharmacists frequently see patients with chronic pain, thus have the opportunity to improve their care. To assess the knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of Ontario pharmacists, we invited 5,324 Ontario pharmacists, to participate in an online survey we developed using Qualtrics. The 31-question survey gathered demographic information, assessed pharmacists' knowledge of three chronic pain conditions; chronic lower back pain (CLBP, eight true/false statements); chronic headache disorder (CHD, eight true/false statements) and painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN, seven true/false statements), and their attitudes toward and perceptions of patients with these conditions, and knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of opioids in pain management...
2016: PloS One
Ya-Qun Zhou, Zheng Liu, Zhi-Heng Liu, Shu-Ping Chen, Man Li, Allahverdi Shahveranov, Da-Wei Ye, Yu-Ke Tian
Interleukin-6 is an inflammatory cytokine with wide-ranging biological effects. It has been widely demonstrated that neuroinflammation plays a critical role in the development of pathological pain. Recently, various pathological pain models have shown elevated expression levels of interleukin-6 and its receptor in the spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia. Additionally, the administration of interleukin-6 could cause mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia, and an intrathecal injection of anti-interleukin-6 neutralizing antibody alleviated these pain-related behaviors...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Thomas M Atkinson, Sean J Ryan, Antonia V Bennett, Angela M Stover, Rebecca M Saracino, Lauren J Rogak, Sarah T Jewell, Konstantina Matsoukas, Yuelin Li, Ethan Basch
PURPOSE: Symptomatic adverse events (AEs) are monitored by clinicians as part of all US-based clinical trials in cancer via the U.S. National Cancer Institute's Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) for the purposes of ensuring patient safety. Recently, there has been a charge toward capturing the patient perspective for those AEs amenable to patient self-reporting via patient-reported outcomes (PRO). The aim of this review was to summarize the empirically reported association between analogous CTCAE and PRO ratings...
August 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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