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Symptoms Associated with Nerve Damage from Chemotherapy

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Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, and her colleagues in the Department of Medicine

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the long-term effects of the chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer on the ears (hearing and tinnitus) and hands and feet (neuropathy). To better understand the impact chemotherapy has on these aspects of quality of life, a research team at the University of California, San Francisco, is seeking women and men who have had a diagnosis of stage I – IV breast, gynecological, gastrointestinal, or lung cancer and have received chemotherapy to participate in a one-visit study. 

What does participation involve?

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to travel to the UCSF Parnassus Campus in San Francisco or the UCSF Santa Rosa clinic for a study visit. During this visit, the research team will work with you to complete the following procedures:

• Measurements of your height and weight

• Tests to measure your strength

• Tests that will measure your balance by having you move through several positions, interact with different objects, and multi-task while walking

• Ear assessment and hearing tests

• Thinking and memory tests

• Tests to evaluate sensation (feeling) in your arms and legs

• Providing a blood sample

All these procedures will take place during one visit. The study visit will require about four hours of your time. Breaks will be provided. 

San Francisco, CA