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Hello ! I have secondary bowel cancer - I have PN after the chemotherapy. Are there any known vitamins or treatments that I can
follow up ? What are the benefits of magnesium ?
Am I entitled to physio therapy ?
i have PN in my hands & feet
ALSO is there a taxi concession rate available on the days that my condition prevents me from driving ?
Belisha ( 16.5.2019 )
Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to our online community.
Unfortunately, peripheral neuropathy is a common side effect of some types of chemotherapy. Currently, no treatments are proven to prevent or reverse nerve damage caused by chemotherapy.
Several studies have looked at the use of calcium, magnesium and other vitamins before and just after chemotherapy infusion – unfortunately the results have been inconclusive.
It might be worth having a look at our information on peripheral neuropathy. It looks at how to manage pain (because it’s a nerve pain, specific types of painkillers are often needed to manage the pain) and things you can do.
Physiotherapy can sometimes help, but you’d need to ask your hospital team or GP to refer you. And you can contact our online physio, Hannah, here. She’s one of our volunteers, and can answer questions about getting active during or after treatment.
It’s difficult for me to answer your last question, as transport services vary across the UK. It might be helpful to have a look at this information on local transport services. It includes useful links and advises who to contact for information specific to your area.
I hope this has been helpful. If it would help to talk thing through with one of the nurses, we’re here 7 days a week from 8am till 8pm. Our welfare rights team are available too, on the same number, to chat about benefits.
Carole (Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist)
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