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Current Cancer Therapy Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-3947
ISSN (Online): 1875-6301

Research Article

A Prospective Study on the Incidence and Severity of Paclitaxel-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in the Indian Population

Author(s): A.M. George, M.A. Arya, S.K. Joseph, A. Philip, R. Reghu* and K.M. Sam

Volume 18, Issue 4, 2022

Published on: 10 October, 2022

Page: [278 - 284] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1573394718666220610185525

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Background: Despite the high efficacy rate of paclitaxel, physicians are compelled to discontinue the regimen due to its prevailing neurotoxicity and myelosuppressive effects, thus not achieving the desired clinical outcomes. The neurotoxicity studies of paclitaxel have been mostly performed on upper dose limits (>275mg/m2), and little information is available on lower doses. Since there is a lack of such studies on the Indian population, the medical professionals are unable to analyze at what cumulative dose does paclitaxel show maximum severity of peripheral neuropathy.

Methods: This is a prospective observational study conducted for 1 year in patients undergoing paclitaxel therapy. These patients were evaluated for the incidence and severity of paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy during the first 6 cycles using the QLQ-CIPN questionnaire. We also identified the cumulative dose at which most patients developed peripheral neuropathy and each patient’s quality of life using EORTC QLQ C30.

Results: Out of 85 patients, 76 developed peripheral neuropathy during the first 6 cycles. It was observed that the severity of peripheral neuropathy increased in each cycle of therapy. The overall quality of life of patients decreased with therapy, and at a cumulative dose of 525mg/m2, most of the patients (40%) developed symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

Conclusion: The incidence and severity of peripheral neuropathy increased with each cycle, leading to a significant reduction in the quality of life of patients post 6 cycles. Moreover, a high cumulative dose may limit the paclitaxel therapy.

Keywords: Quality of life (QOL), paclitaxel, peripheral neuropathy, myelosuppression, cumulative dose, texane.

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