Helping Ease the Pain of Chemotherapy


By Molly Clifton

Antidepressants could help patients suffering with pain from chemotherapy.

New research at the University of Michigan found cancer patients taking the anti-depressant duloxetine for five weeks had a greater reduction in pain compared with those who took a placebo.

About 20 percent to 40 percent of patients with cancer develop the pain condition called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.


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