Assessing the Clinical Impact of Palmar-Plantar Erythrodyses | 46520

Medical Reports & Case Studies

ISSN - 2572-5130


Assessing the Clinical Impact of Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia in Patients Receiving Capecitabine Monotherapy

Capecitabine is an oral fluoropyrimidine with antineoplastic activity indicated for treating colorectal and breast cancer either as monotherapy or in combination with other drugs. Palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia (PPE) is one of the most commonly reported side-effects of this treatment however its actual incidence and the subsequent dosing changes that it may lead to in the clinic is poorly reported. To gain more information about the clinical impact of PPE we conducted an audit of all patients treated with capecitabine monotherapy at our centre during 2014. Ninety patients were identified as receiving at least one dose of capecitabine treatment. PPE was the documented reason for dose reduction in 28 (31%) of these individuals. In addition, 7 (20%) of the breast cancer patients were converted from a 3 weekly to a less intense 4 weekly alternate dose regimen. In the colorectal cancer patients, PPE was more likely to lead to a dose reduction in those being treated with curative rather than palliative intent (49% versus 29%). An effective treatment for PPE has the potential to improve quality of life and outcomes in patients being treated with capecitabine chemotherapy.