I'm new to this board so I don't know if icing while receiving oxaliplatin has already been discussed.
I was very concerned about neuropathy and did some searching and found some youtube videos about people using ice during their infusions. The theory is that the icing slows or restricts the blood flow and therefore less chemo is going to those parts that are iced.
This video explains it and there are others if you search around:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0OYhfDucD8
I also found a group on facebook called colontown, and a subgroup called livewire and many are successfully using icing to prevent or at least slow down the process of getting neuropathy.
My personal experience:
My first infusion I told the nurses what I intended and they were interested and said they were prepared for me with bags of ice. I found that their supply was inadequate so I only was able to ice for about 70 minutes of my 2 hour infusion. Afterwards I had no notable side effects except fatigue and a little nausea, but I supposed that might simply be due to the fact that this was my first infusion.
At my appointment with my doctor before my second infusion I told her that I intended to ice during my infusion. She was very negative about the idea and said I could have cold resistance during the infusion and that she didn't recommend it, so even though this time I came well prepared with a chest of ice, I decided not to do it. Afterwards, however, I had some very strong side effects. Numbness in several fingers. Numbness in the soles of my feet so that I felt as if I were not touching the ground when I walked. And very strong "first bite pain." These effects lasted about 4 days.
My third infusion I decided to ice. I sucked on ice chips the entire time. I had a basin with ice for my feet. I kept my socks on and inserted my feet in plastic bags to keep them dry. I kept a bag of ice in my hands and rolled it around. When I felt that my feet or hands were getting too cold, I took a little break. Afterwards, I had NO numbness in my feet or hands. I did have a little of the first-bite pain, but not nearly as severe as previously and it only lasted for a short time. I also had a little of the sensation of something in my throat like ice, but that only lasted a day or two. I had no cold resistance. I took things out of the freezer with no problem.
I was disappointed that my oncologist discouraged me, but also am happy that happened because now I can clearly see the difference and how effective icing is.
January 2019, pain in abdomen that I thought was muscular or nerve related persisted many months
November 2019, CT scan revealed large mass in colon
December 10, 2019, surgery, right hemicolectomy, 8cm t4b tumor removed, margins clear, 47 negative nodes removed, 1 positive node removed
February and March 2020, beginning week 8 after surgery have received 3 folfox infusions every 2 weeks
have been applying ice to hands and feet during infusions