Living with cancer

Peripheral neuropathy

Some chemotherapy drugs may cause damage to nerves. The nerve damage can create a condition called peripheral neuropathy. People describe this as tingling, burning, weakness, numbness, or pain in the hands or feet. Some chemotherapy drugs can also affect the muscles, making them weak or sore. These symptoms are mostly temporary and get better after treatment stops, but it may take up to a year. Just occasionally, the damage may be permanent. This is less likely to happen if you let your oncology team know when symptoms occur. 

The links on this page will help you find out more about peripheral neuropathy, symptoms to look out for, and how to manage them.