First Treatment for Pain Caused by Chemotherapy | Lung Cancer Dispatch |

Conventional chemotherapy can damage nerves, causing pain and numbness, particularly in the hands and feet. Called neuropathy, this side effect can last months or even years after the completion of chemotherapy and there are currently no effective treatments. A new JAMA study shows that chemotherapy-induced neuropathy can be lessened with a drug called duloxetine (Cymbalta), which has also been shown to alleviate neuropathy in people with diabetes. The new study included 231 people who reported pain of at least 4 (on a scale of 0 to 10) after treatment with oxaliplatin or taxanes such as paclitaxel. Nearly 60% of those treated with duloxetine reported pain relief and those who had been treated with oxaliplatin may have benefited the most.