Docetaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Patients Treated with Adjuvant or Neo-Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Hui Lin Cheng, Alex Molassiotis, Anthony Kwun To Leung, Kam Hung Wong

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Background: Docetaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy (PN) is typically manifested as sensory and motor neuropathy. This study aimed to investigate the incidence, duration, and risk factors of sensory and motor PN and their impact on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among breast cancer (BC) patients during the first year since starting docetaxel-based chemotherapy. 

Methods: We reported a secondary analysis of longitudinal data on docetaxel-induced PN and HRQOL among 127 BC patients. 

Results: Cumulative incidence rates of motor and sensory PN were 31.5 and 21.3%, while the median durations of motor and sensory PN were 6 and 13 weeks. A consistently significant risk factor for both PNs was a cumulative docetaxel dose of >300 mg/m2. A significant interaction between sensory PN and time was found for physical and social functioning, while a significant motor PN and time interaction effect was identified for physical functioning only. 

Conclusions: Motor PN was more common than sensory PN in BC patients treated with docetaxel. Both types of PN had a significant impact on physical functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-275
Number of pages7
JournalBreast Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Breast cancer
  • Chemotherapy
  • Docetaxel
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Peripheral neuropathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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