About Paraneoplastic Neurological Disorders (PND) > Information for Patients

Information for Patients


This section contains links to information on the signs, symptoms and classification of the various paraneoplastic neurologic disorders (PND). Choose a syndrome from the drop down menu.

The terms “paraneoplastic neurologic disorders (PND)” or “paraneoplastic neurologic syndromes” (PNS) are used to describe many conditions that affect the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves or muscles) in patients with cancer.

It is important to keep in mind that PND is rare and it is also difficult to recognize.

It is important that you talk with your medical team if you suspect that you have PND.

When to seek medical advice

The signs and symptoms of most paraneoplastic neurological disorders start suddenly and progress rapidly over several weeks or months.

Your specific signs and symptoms will depend on the type of disorder you have. If you experience any of the following, call your doctor for an appointment:

  • Memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty walking
  • Loss of fine motor coordination
  • Loss of sensation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Dementia

Our goal is to relieve some of the stress of your diagnosis by providing information, understanding and support.

We offer a range of support services that complement the medical care you receive.

Home | Contact Us | Sitemap | Privacy Statement | Legal Disclaimer | Terms of Use
Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania