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Casual Conversations – Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Wonderful Wednesday or Terrific Thursday to you! I enjoy my career … and absolutely love helping others when I can. I cannot resist the need to poke fun sometimes and love to share about my “casual encounters.”

I injured my rotator cuff several months ago … so I am currently going through Physical Therapy (PT) and considering surgery next year.  While at PT, I was Blessed to have yet another casual conversation (CC);

CC: Dr. McGann … May I ask you a quick question? It will only take 30sec

Me: (to the therapist) Did you tell her my fee?

PT: No … oh … she charges $200/hr

Me: And that’s the discounted rate too! (giggling)

CC: Ok. It will only take 30 secs though (smiling)

Me: (stopping my PT … I needed a break anyway). No question ever really take 30 sec (big grin) No problem … Lets hear it…you have my attention  (looking up from the balance ball – serious now). How may I help?

CC: Well … I wanted to ask about neuropathy.  If Neurontin was prescribed for something else…can it be taken for chemotherapy induced neuropathy?

Me: Certainly! Neurontin is very commonly used in the treatment of Peripheral neuropathy. You should talk to the Medical Oncologist though…just in case there is something else s/he would like to prescribe, but starting off with Neurontin (Gabapentin) is ok.

CC: I thought so. Well, what dose should be use?

Me: Uhm … I do not recall. I think its started at 300mg tid … but honestly, I cannot recall. Let me put through a phone call for verification…

This led to several calls … and a promise to blog about chemotherapy induced Peripheral Neuropathy.

Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy  (CIPN)

American Cancer Society (ACS) did and AWESOME job in covering CIPN; common symptoms, possible preventions, common treatments, etc., click HERE to read this VERY brief but thorough sheet from ACS…. It is well worth your while!  Or cut and paste this link for access –  http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002908-pdf.pdf

Please click below to watch

Please click below to watch presentation by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on treatment options

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