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Neoplasma Vol.63, No.4, p.617-622,2016

Title: Electroneurography in the evaluation of oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy in colorectal cancer patients

Abstract: Cold-induced neuropathy is the most observed side effect of oxaliplatin. Presence of neuropathy is routinely assessed by electroneurographical examination. The use of electroneurography has not been a part of typical oncological monitoring and treatment protocols, leading to untreated, irreversible damage to patients’ peripheral nerves, undiagnosed for long periods of time. 36 colorectal cancer patients followed FOLFOX4 with/without bevacizumab or XELOX were enrolled between February 2013 and January 2015 in the study at the University Hospital Oncological Department, Krakow, Poland. Electroneurography was performed prior to the first cycle of chemotherapy and after the 4th cycle. 32 out of 36 enrolled patients completed neurological evaluation. Pre-treatment neurographic examination revealed presence of peripheral neuropathy in 10 (31.25%) patients; 6 (18.75%) had sensory neuropathy and 4 (12.5%) had mixed, sensorimotor neuropathy. After treatment examination revealed significant increase in the number of neuropathic patients; presence of peripheral neuropathy was observed in 19 patients (59%), sensory polyneuropathy was diagnosed in10 patients (31.25%) and mixed neuropathy was diagnosed in 9 patients (28.13%). Early electrophysiological monitoring followed by a symptom dependent oxaliplatin regimen would be highly beneficial for patients undergoing oxaliplatin treatment, improving their well-being and positively affecting their life quality.

Keywords: oxaliplatin, neuropathy, colorectal cancer, electroneurography
Published online: 14-Jul-2016
Year: 2016, Volume: 63, Issue: 4 Page From: 617, Page To: 622

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