Neuropathic pain or neuropathy


Cancer treatment may damage a person's nervous system, and cause neuropathy, or problems with nerve function.

Common symptoms include:

  • Tingling, burning, weakness, or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Sudden, sharp, stabbing, or electric shock pain sensations
  • Loss of sensation of touch
  • Loss of balance or difficulty walking
  • Clumsiness
  • Trouble picking up objects or buttoning clothes
  • Hearing loss
  • Jaw pain
  • Constipation
  • Being more or less sensitive to heat and cold

Treatments for neuropathy include medications, topical creams and pain patches. Other treatment approaches include acupuncture, physical therapy and exercise.

Learn more about neuropathy on OncoLink.