Abstract Title:

Vitamin D deficiency increases severity of paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Abstract Source:

Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Apr ;180(3):707-714. Epub 2020 Mar 12. PMID: 32166478

Abstract Author(s):

Theodore S Jennaro, Fang Fang, Kelley M Kidwell, Ellen M Lavoie Smith, Kiran Vangipuram, Monika L Burness, Jennifer J Griggs, Catherine Van Poznak, Daniel F Hayes, N Lynn Henry, Daniel L Hertz

Article Affiliation:

Theodore S Jennaro


PURPOSE: Approximately 25% of patients receiving weekly paclitaxel for breast cancer require treatment disruptions to avoid severe, irreversible peripheral neuropathy (PN). Vitamin insufficiencies are PN risk factors in many diseases, but their relevance to chemotherapy-induced PN is unknown.

METHODS: We investigated whether baseline insufficiency of vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate, or homocysteine increased PN in patients with breast cancer receiving weekly paclitaxel in a retrospective analysis of a prospective observational study. Patient-reported PN was collected at baseline and during treatment on the Quality of Life Questionnaire Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN20). The primary analysis tested associations between vitamin deficiency and the maximum increase from baseline in the CIPN20 sensory subscale (ΔCIPN8). Secondary analyses tested for association with PN-induced treatment disruptions and adjusted associations for treatment and clinical variables.

RESULTS: 25-hydroxy-vitamin D was the only nutrient with sufficient deficiency (< 20 ng/mL) for analysis (15/37 = 41%). Vitamin D-deficient patients had a greater mean PN increase than non-deficient patients (ΔCIPN8 ± SD, 36 ± 23 vs. 16 ± 16, p = 0.003) and a non-significant, approximately threefold increase in risk of treatment disruption (OR 2.98,95% CI [0.72, 12.34], p = 0.16). In multivariable models adjusted for clinical and treatment variables, baseline vitamin D level was inversely associated with PN (β = - 0.04, p = 0.02).

CONCLUSION: Pre-treatment vitamin D deficiency was associated with PN in women receiving weekly paclitaxel for breast cancer. Vitamin D deficiency may be an easily detected PN risk factor that could be resolved prior to treatment to prevent PN, avoid treatment disruptions, and improve treatment outcomes.

Study Type : Human Study

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