Certain chemotherapy treatments can cause damage to the peripheral nervous system, which include all nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. The condition is called peripheral neuropathy, which commonly causes tingling, burning, weakness or numbness in the hands and/or feet.
Other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- Loss of balance
- Difficulty picking up objects and buttoning clothing
- Walking problems
- Jaw pain
- Hearing loss
- Stomach pain
If you have one or more of these symptoms, report them to your doctor immediately. Medications may be able to reverse peripheral neuropathy, and physical therapy can help you maintain normal function.
Patient Education Resources
- Peripheral Neuropathy (pdf)