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As a cancer survivor, what increases my risk of neuropathy?

Certain types of cancer increase your risk of neuropathy. These include: lung, breast, ovarian, myeloma, lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease, and testicular cancer. In addition, the following factors may increase the chances of developing neuropathy:
 
  • Advanced age
  • A family history of neuropathy (such as with familial diabetes)
  • Malnourishment
  • Excessive use of alcohol
  • Having a preexisting medical condition such as diabetes or thyroid dysfunction
  • Some medications (including chemotherapy medications)

Discuss the possibility of medication-related risks with your healthcare team. For example, chemotherapy medications that are thought to increase the risk of neuropathy include:
 
  • Platinum compounds
  • Taxanes
  • Vinca alkaloids
  • Thalidomide
  • Velcade
  • Cytosine arabinoside
  • Misonidazole
  • Interferon

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