Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neurotoxicity (CIPN) is a long-lasting toxicity that hampers quality of life (QoL) of cancer survivors. Patients experience sensory loss and neuropathic pain at hands/feet and can develop difficulty in manipulating objects and gait unsteadiness. CIPN is under-recognized and its socio-economical costs are still unknown.
We were founded by University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB) to better ascertain the socio-economic impact of CIPN. We are collecting data on cancer patients who are followed up at San Gerardo Hospital to directly measure CIPN-related burden.
Moreover, we are analysing general administrative database for a tentative indirect CIPN measurement.
The aim is to run a test for potential proxy variables which are available in larger administrative datasets, even if not directly measuring CIPN, to learn more about the impact of CIPN.
Our final aim is to quantify the socio-economic impact of CIPN in order to drive future health policies dedicated to this fragile population.