Anxiety and depression—two unique conditions that often co-exist—are common responses to chronic illnesses such as neuropathy that deserve attention and need to be screened for and managed . Left untreated, these conditions can slow the treatment of each other and worsen physical and psychological disability, thus increasing neuropathy’s burden and […]
Cindy Tofthagen, PhD, ARNP, AOCNP, FAANP
About the Author
Dr. Tofthagen has dedicated the last 20 years of her professional life improving the health and well-being of people with cancer and CIPN (Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy) Dr. Tofthagen’s research focuses on discovering innovative ways to decrease symptoms and improve the physical and emotional health of persons with CIPN, and helping clinicians better understand the symptoms of CIPN and its deleterious effects on functioning and quality of life. She currently holds leadership roles in several organizations including Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and Neuropathy Association’s Neuropathic Pain Management Medical Advisory Council. Dr. Tofthagen is a postdoctoral fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Massachusetts Boston; and a reviewer for the Oncology Nursing Forum and associate editor for the Oncology Nursing Society website. She also leads a neuropathy support group in Tampa, Florida, coordinating with The Neuropathy Support Network, to help people with neuropathy and their family and friends in the community better understand neuropathy and find support.