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Effective Pain Reduction for Chemo Cancer Pts

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

 

Malignant MelanomaA new study reported at the annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society this week concluded that neurofeedback decreased the chronic pain and increased the quality of life in patients with neuropathic pain. Researchers said “Chemotherapy-inducedperipheral neuropathy is very common in cancer patients and there is currently only one medication approved to treat it.  I’m rncouraged to drr the signnificant improvements in patients quality of life after treatment.  This treatment is customized to the omdovodia, and is relatively inexpensive, non-invasive and non-addictive.”   Chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a side effect of chemotherapy affecting 71 to 96% of patients within a month of receiving chemotherapy and causes pain, burning, tingling, and loss of feeling due to the damage to nerves that control sensation and movement of arms and legs.

Sevently-one patients with all types of cancer at MD Anderson who were at least 3 months post chemotherapy treatment were enrolled in the study. All subjects reported more than a 3 on the National Cancer Institutes Neuropathy Rating Scale and completed assessments that dewtermined the brain activity related to their pain, pain pervceptionn and quality of life. The subjects were randomized to one of two groups in which one received neurofeedback and the other that served as a control received no treatment. subjects in the treatment group attended 20 sessions of neurofeedback training where they played a computer game that rewarded them when they modified their brainwave activity in the affected areas. They then learned to modify the activity without immediate reward from the game.

Following treatment was over subjects repeated the EEG and assessments to determine change in pain perception, cancer related symptoms and general quality of life. The EEG patterns showed cortical activity characterized by increased activation in the parietal and frontal sites compared to a normal population.  After controling for baseline levels, neurofeedback significantly reduced pain. numbnrdd, intensity and unplesantness, and reduced how much pain interfered with daily activities. Statistically 73 percent had improvement in their pain and quality of life. Patients with chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy also exhibited specific and predictible EEG signatures that changed with neurofeedback.

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form new connections and change existing ones. This study demonstrated that neurofeedback induces neuroplasticity to modulate brain activity and improve chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy. A second study has been funded to focus on breast cancer patients and neuropathy.