Some cancers and cancer treatments can damage the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves located away from the centre of the body, e.g. in the hands and feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms include tingling (“pins and needles”), numbness or pain, muscle weakness and balance problems, and can range from mild to severe.
For many people, peripheral neuropathy is a short-term issue but for others, it can last a long time or be permanent. Although the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be significant, there are usually ways to manage them.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.