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“That Cancer Show” Puts the Spotlight on Neuropathy

Updated November 18th, 2013

On October 27th, Cindy Tofthagen, ARNP, PhD (a member of The Neuropathy Association’s Neuropathic Pain Management Medical Advisory Council) put the spotlight on cancer-related neuropathies on "That Cancer Show."

Hosted by Mary Lawrence (president and CEO of the Cornucopia Cancer Support Center) and Dave Richmond (on-air host with WPTF 880 AM), That Cancer Show is a weekly talk radio program that airs on WPTF 680 AM / WSJS 600 AM, and it also live streams on www.wptf.com). The show recently featured a two-part program about the impact of cancer treatment on the five senses, including a discussion on neuropathy that aired earlier this month. 

If you missed the live broadcast, you can find the podcasts on Cornucopia Cancer Support Center’s website – www.cancersupport4u.org.

                   Cindy Tofthagen

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Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Tofthagen 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.

We need people to be aware of this debilitating disease that affects over 20,000,000—or 1 in 15—people in the U.S. alone. Neuropathy has over 100 causes. And, for a segment of our community—a third of cancer survivors—it is a common long-term health issue that can result from the tumor compressing on and/or infiltrating the peripheral nerves as well as from the cancer therapies (surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation). For these patients, neuropathy and neuropathic pain is the “price of survival” that severely compromises quality of life and daily function. 

A special thanks to the That Cancer Show team and Cornucopia Cancer Support Center for helping put the spotlight on neuropathy. And a special thanks to Dr. Cindy Tofthagen for giving her time and expertise to increase the public profile of neuropathy! 

 

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