Helping Ease the Pain of Chemotherapy

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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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