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Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP Hosts "Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy” Facebook Chat
August 8, 2012

On August 22nd, Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP—a member of The Neuropathy Association’s Neuropathic Pain Management Medical Advisory Council—hosted a “chat” event on The Neuropathy Association’s Facebook page focusing on chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.

Cindy Tofthagen

Missed the "Chemotherapy-
Induced Neuropathy"
Facebook Chat? Read the
transcript here...

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Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP, AOCNP is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of South Florida in Tampa and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She has twenty years of experience as a nurse specializing in cancer treatment. Her research interests include symptom management, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, psychological aspects of cancer, and survivorship issues. Dr. Tofthagen also leads a Neuropathy Association support group in Tampa, Florida, helping people with neuropathy and their family and friends better understand the disease and find support.

Many patients in the neuropathy community are cancer survivors. For them, neuropathy and neuropathic pain is the “price of survival” that severely compromises quality of life and daily function. This Facebook chat offers insight into the neuropathy epidemic and the uphill battle for both patients and the physicians trying to help them. It also stresses that living well with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy is possible with early diagnosis, symptom management and rehabilitative care, and regular follow-ups; but it requires active engagement by the patient in his/her own medical care along with the aid of an array of resources—limited as they are—that do currently exist.

Missed the "Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy" Facebook Chat on August 22nd? Read the transcript here...

A special thanks to Dr. Tofthagen for giving her time and expertise to speak with our community and raise awareness for neuropathy!

 

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