Toxic neuropathies: Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neurotoxicity

Curr Opin Neurol. 2019 Oct;32(5):676-683. doi: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000724.


Purpose of review: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neurotoxicity (CIPN) is a common and distressing side-effect of many chemotherapy regimens. Currently, aside from symptomatic treatments for neuropathic pain, there are no treatments to prevent CIPN or treat established CIPN. We discuss recent articles addressing clinimetric issues and treatment of CIPN.

Recent findings: There are important clinimetric issues that need to be addressed so that robust clinical trials in CIPN can be performed. There are new compounds in early development that may treat CIPN, but larger studies are needed.

Summary: A multidisciplinary, international approach is needed to unravel CIPN; the Toxic Neuropathy Consortium (TNC) of the Peripheral Nerve Society may be the home for such efforts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neurotoxicity Syndromes* / diagnosis
  • Neurotoxicity Syndromes* / drug therapy
  • Neurotoxicity Syndromes* / etiology
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases* / chemically induced
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases* / drug therapy