It is the result of damage of your peripheral-nerves causing weakness, numbness and pain. It most commonly develops in your hands and feet , though it can also affect other areas of your body. There are two main causes of neuropathy, diabetes and cancer.
Diabetic Neuropathy is a long-term complication of diabetes and is caused by continued exposure to high blood glucose (sugar) levels over an extended period of time. For more information on diabetic neuropathy please visit Diabetes Canada.
Cancer and its treatment can also cause neuropathy.
Some types of chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs, as well as radiation therapy, can damage the nervous system, leading to neuropathy. A cancerous tumour growing into or pressing on a peripheral nerve can also result in neuropathy. for more information on cancerous neuropathy please visit The Canadian Cancer Society.