Patient-reported and clinician-reported chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with early breast cancer: Current clinical practice.

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BACKGROUND: In the current study, the authors investigated the incidence of moderate to severe chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) for chemotherapy regimens commonly used in current clinical practice for the treatment of patients with early breast cancer. Patient-reported and clinician-assessed CIPN severity scores were compared, and risk factors for CIPN severity were identified. METHODS: Patients completed a Patient-Reported Symptom Monitoring form and oncologists completed a Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events form. CIPN reports were collected prospectively during regularly scheduled infusion visits throughout the duration of chemotherapy. RESULTS: The sample included 184 women with a mean age of 55 years; approximately 73% were white. The 4 chemotherapy regimens used were doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide plus paclitaxel (60 patients); docetaxel and cyclophosphamide (50 patients); docetaxel, carboplatin, and anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) (24 patients); and doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide plus paclitaxel and carboplatin (18 patients). All patients treated with doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide plus paclitaxel and doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide plus paclitaxel and carboplatin received paclitaxel; all patients treated with docetaxel and cyclophosphamide and docetaxel, carboplatin, and anti-HER2 received docetaxel. The chemotherapy dose was reduced in 52 patients (28%); in 15 patients (29%), this reduction was due to CIPN. Chemotherapy was discontinued in 26 patients (14%), 8 because of CIPN. Agreement between patient-reported and clinician-assessed CIPN severity scores was minimal (weighted Cohen kappa, P = .34). Patient-reported moderate to severe CIPN was higher for paclitaxel (50%) compared with docetaxel (17.7%) (P < .001). Pretreatment arthritis and/or rheumatism (relative risk [RR], 1.58; 95% CI, 1.06-2.35 [P = .023]) and regimens containing paclitaxel (RR, 2.88; 95% CI, 1.72-4.83 [P < .0001]) were associated with higher CIPN severity. Being married (RR, 0.57; 95% CI, 0.37-0.887 [P = .01]) was found to be associated with lower CIPN severity. CONCLUSIONS: The discrepancy between patient-reported and clinician-assessed CIPN underscores the need for both patient and clinician perspectives regarding this common, dose-limiting, and potentially disabling side effect of chemotherapy.

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Cited Authors

  • Nyrop, KA; Deal, AM; Reeder-Hayes, KE; Shachar, SS; Reeve, BB; Basch, E; Choi, SK; Lee, JT; Wood, WA; Anders, CK; Carey, LA; Dees, EC; Jolly, TA; Kimmick, GG; Karuturi, MS; Reinbolt, RE; Speca, JC; Muss, HB

Published Date

  • September 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 125 / 17

Start / End Page

  • 2945 - 2954

PubMed ID

  • 31090930

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-0142

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/cncr.32175


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States