Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) Therapy

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While some agreement has emerged on the best wavelengths of light… there is no agreement on whether continuous wave or pulsed light is best for CIPN…

I am a long-term survivor from an incurable blood cancer called multiple myeloma. I live with many side effects from toxic chemotherapy and radiation. I am thankful that I have numbness in my lower body but I do not suffer from the burning and pins/needles that  CIPN or chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, survivors talk about.

According to studies, 30%-40% of cancer patients develop CIPN. The pain, tingling and numbness of this nerve damage often does not heal but in fact worsens over time.

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While the study linked below is conservative in it’s promotion of laser therapy for CIPN, I will say that cancer patients who live with this nerve pain suffer endlessly and should not wait for conventional medicine to bless laser therapy before they act. Don’t wait for FDA approval…

Unfortunately, the second article linked below reads like a paid commercial for laser therapy. So I have to add caution to the reader. You’ve heard of the term “snake oil?” Well, unfounded medical claims is the reason why the FDA was founded in the first place.

I have learned that the sooner


David Emerson

Cancer Survivor

Cancer Coach

Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Effect of Pulsing in Low-Level Light Therapy

“Background and Objective- Low level light (or laser) therapy (LLLT) is a rapidly growing modality used in physical therapy, chiropractic, sports medicine and increasingly in mainstream medicine. LLLT is used to increase wound healing and tissue regeneration, to relieve pain and inflammation, to prevent tissue death, to mitigate degeneration in many neurological indications. While some agreement has emerged on the best wavelengths of light and a range of acceptable dosages to be used (irradiance and fluence), there is no agreement on whether continuous wave or pulsed light is best and on what factors govern the pulse parameters to be chosen…

Conclusion-There is some evidence that pulsed light does have effects that are different from those of continuous wave light. However further work is needed to define these effects for different disease conditions and pulse structures…”

The Treatment that Can Free You From Debilitating Nerve Pain

““The pain was so bad, I didn’t think I could take it anymore. I was at my wit’s end!” So said Cheryl Greenawalt of the excruciating foot and lower-leg neuropathy she’d been battling for nearly a decade and a half. The burning. The numbness. The “pins and needles” sensation…

These days, she maintains her miraculous results with a periodic one-hour treatment every few months…”


David Emerson is a 23 year Multiple Myeloma survivor. He started as a non-profit in 2004 to help cancer survivors and caregivers navigate the vast world of cancer issues by providing evidence-based information on the most pressing cancer issues. Since 2004, David has impacted over 600,000 people through this website. He is in the process of developing cancer-specific coaching program, and also does one-on-one coaching via phone or email. Thank you for visiting!

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2 comments on “Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) Therapy
  1. Dev Raj says:

    I am 69 years old retired Air Force officer .
    I spent my life as an active sportsman and without any vice in thought or in action. Soon after retiring at the age of 63 , I was diagnosed as MM patient.Immediately I was put on Bortezomib and then BMT was conducted by my oncologist.Recovered well with Lower legs neuro peripheral syndromes.Sole pricking, tingling and numbness etc. Neuragen ointment and Gabapan did not give much relief.I Tolerated every symptom with guts.After 04 years, MM relapsed again and my doctor carried on BMT again. Now I have strongly decided to defeat the relapse by any means.Thanks Mr,David,I came across your story and ther after your service to sufferers like me. I am taking black seed with honey, curcumin capsules,papaya leaf juice and hoping for the best.Presently, other than the neuro peripheral problems I am maintaining good health. Only limitation is my gait and limited walking. Keep advising please.. REGARDS !!

    • David says:

      Hi Dev,

      First and foremost, thank you for your service. Secondly, I am sorry to read of your CIPN though this is a common side effect of MM therapies. As you have figured out conventional therapies such as Gabapentin don’t work too well.

      When you say “Now I have strongly decided to defeat the relapse by any means.” Are you saying that your second BMT did not put you into remission again? BTW, your first remission of 4 years is above average.

      At the bottom of this reply I will ask you about your current state- your current m-spike if you know it, any other numbers.

      However, with regard to both your MM and health going forward, I encourage you to combine the best of both conventional chemo and evidence-based non-conventional therapies. Curcumin is an example of a well-researched supplement that has been shown to reduce side effects as well as enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy.

      In addition, there are a number of evidence-based but non-conventional therapies for CIPN. Regarding your long term MM survival, you may need to undergo toxic therapies to manage your MM. Including nutrition, supplementation (curcumin), bone health, etc. in my experience as a long term MM survivor is the best way to manage MM and the risk of side effects.

      I will email the introduction to the MM Cancer Coaching program to your gmail account now.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Hang in there,

      David Emerson

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