Paraneoplastic Syndromes of the Nervous System is an assemblage of disorders that can strike those with cancer. It occurs when the immune system attacks portions of the brain, spinal cord and the outlying muscles and nerves. It is a rare disorder that often precedes a cancer diagnosis.
It strikes those with cancer of the blood, lungs, ovary and the breast more often than those with other types of cancer. It can cause irreparable and devastating damage to the nervous system.
Signs of paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system vary according to the parts of the body that are afflicted. Symptoms may include:
Cancer treatment and immune system therapy can improve or correct this type of nervous system injury. Treatment for paraneoplastic syndromes of the nervous system may include: