Both Radiation-induced Lumbo-Sacral Plexopathy (RILP) and Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN) are painful and debilitating long-term and late stage side effects caused by conventional oncological therapies.
I consider wikipedia’s definitions linked below of these two side effects to be fairly comprehensive. My only edit would be the percentage of cancer survivors who are affected with nerve damage. Nerve damage, from chemo or radiation, isn’t yes or no.
I believe that most all long-term cancer survivors live with some degree of nerve damage. Survivors may notice their handwriting slowly deteriorate. Or they may experience occasional tingling in the hands or feet. Nerve conduction and re-growth slow as a normal part of aging. The long-term cancer survivor can’t be sure what is normal aging of nerves vs. CIPN or RILP.
While the survivor may or may not call their nerve damage a formal name is beside the point.
What is my point then? My point is that CIPN/RIPN survivors can decide to heal their nerve damage based on the degree of pain or the degree of functional loss that they experience. In other words, like your
bone marrow, etc.
you can choose to take steps, undergo therapies shown to improve function. I am not saying that we will ever be as good, as functional as we were when we were young. I am saying that there are dozens of evidence-based, non-toxic, non-conventional therapies shown to heal your deficits.
Let me state at the outset that I don’t think cancer patients die from either CIPN or RILP. These two debilitating side effects are all about quality-of-life- QOL. The blog posts linked below document many challenges as well as therapies of living with these late stage side effects.
Benefit of chemotherapy? Benefit of Radiation?
When I write about my long-term side effects such as CIPN, RILP, Dysphagia, Xerostomia, CIC, DVT, Afib, Chemobrain and my ASCT, the issue is not about conventional cancer therapies- yes or no, but the over-treatment, the aggressive use of these toxic therapies in cancer care that are the issue.
My personal experience coupled with dozens of studies cite how conventional oncology could use a lower doses, could use less toxicity to manage their patients. Not only would the patients live longer, in my opinion anyway, those patients would live a much higher quality-of-life. Better, longer lives.
Integrative therapies to reduce the severity of CIPN and/or RILP-
The basic definition of integrative therapy, at least where cancer is concerned, is the idea that a non-toxic nutritional supplement could be combined with the toxic chemotherapy regimen enhancing the efficacy of the chemo while reducing the toxicity of that chemo regimen at the same time.
Conventional FDA approved SOC conventional oncology offers few if any solutions to serious CIPN/RILP. I have come to believe that real relief of this debilitating, painful long-term side effect lies in evidence-based, non-conventional therapies.
“Nerve pain affects many people worldwide, and many now turn to cannabis for neuropathic pain relief. Here is a brief outline of neuropathic pain and a list of the best cannabis strains for nerve pain.”
My name is Jim Neilly and I was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma in my left arm five years ago. My cancer recovery is going well, sounds like yours is too. My treatment included tumor resection, chemotherapy, and radiation. About a year after radiation ended I experienced drop wrist syndrome, which was treated with hand therapy and eventually scar tissue surgery. Over the next year I regained about 75% usage in my left arm and hand, and I would describe my current state as dealing with daily stiffness rather than pain. My major concern is that my neuropathy does not worsen and what steps I can take to possibly improve my situation (I have plateaued with hand therapy/exercises).
Thank you for your very informative video!