A type of functional brain training known as neurofeedback may be able to reduce symptoms of chemotherapy-induced nerve damage in cancer survivors, according to a study by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the nerves that control sensation and movement in arms and legs. It is estimated to affect between 71 and 96 percent of patients one month after chemotherapy treatment
“There is currently only one approved medication and it has associated muscle aches and nausea,”
said Prinsloo, lead investigator of the study. However
“Neurofeedback has no known negative side effects, can be used in combinations with other treatments and is reasonably cost effective.”
In the report Prinsloo said
“We observed clinically and statistically significant reductions in peripheral neuropathy following neurofeedback techniques,”
“This research suggests that neurofeedback may be a valuable approach to reduce neuropathy symptoms and their impact on daily activities.”
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University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. “Functional brain training alleviates chemotherapy-induced peripheral nerve damage in cancer survivor: Neurofeedback also results in measurable changes in targeted brain activity.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 March 2017. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170303102858.htm.