Genetic and nongenetic covariates of pain severity in patients with adenocarcinoma of the pancreas: assessing the influence of cytokine genes.

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We previously demonstrated that select cytokine gene polymorphisms in interleukin (IL)-8 are a significant predictor of pain and analgesia in patients with lung cancer. This study explores the role of 13 potentially functional polymorphisms in cytokine genes, including IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-18, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and nuclear factor kappa-B subunit 1, in pain severity in patients with pancreatic cancer. We evaluated a series of patients with histologically confirmed adenocarcinoma of the pancreas (n=484), who had completed a self-administered survey of pain before initiating any cancer treatment. DNA (n=156) available for a subset of white patients was assayed and assessed for association with pain severity. Results showed that 26% (128 of 484) reported experiencing severe pain (score of >7 on a 0-10 scale). Severe pain varied by the stage of disease (odds ratio [OR] Stage II=4.02, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.07, 15.07; Stage III=5.02, 95% CI=1.28, 19.61; Stage IV=6.90, 95% CI=1.96, 24.29), ethnicity (OR non-Hispanic blacks=3.67; 95% CI=1.44, 9.38), reports of depressed mood (OR=1.94; 95% CI=1.09, 3.43), and female sex (OR=1.78; 95% CI=1.04, 3.05). Controlling for these covariates, IL8-251T/A (OR=2.43, 95% CI=1.3, 4.7, P<0.009) significantly predicted severe pain in a subset of white patients. When we adjusted for reported analgesic use, we found that IL8-251T/A persisted as a predictor for severe pain, with carriers of TT and AT genotypes having more than a threefold risk (OR=3.23, 95% CI=1.4, 4.7) for severe pain relative to the AA genotypes. We provide preliminary evidence of the role of IL-8 in the severity of pain in pancreatic cancer patients. Additional studies are needed in larger cohorts of patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reyes-Gibby, CC; Shete, S; Yennurajalingam, S; Frazier, M; Bruera, E; Kurzrock, R; Crane, CH; Abbruzzese, J; Evans, D; Spitz, MR

Published Date

  • December 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 894 - 902

PubMed ID

  • 19692203

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2795073

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6513

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.04.019


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States