Evaluation of the impact of systemic dexamethasone dosage on docetaxel-induced hand-foot syndrome in patients with breast cancer


Sci Rep. 2024 Jun 18;14(1):14083. doi: 10.1038/s41598-024-64553-z.


Hand-foot syndrome (HFS) is a frequently occurring and treatment-requiring adverse effect of docetaxel. We previously reported that systemic dexamethasone (DEX) prevents the other docetaxel-induced adverse inflammatory effects in a dose-dependent manner. This study aimed to evaluate the dose-dependent efficacy of systemic DEX in attenuating HFS in patients with breast cancer receiving docetaxel. Patients with breast cancer receiving docetaxel (75 mg/m2)-containing regimens (n = 111) were divided into 4 and 8 mg/day DEX groups, with each DEX dose administered on days 2-4, and analyzed retrospectively. Development of all-grade HFS in all treatment cycles was significantly lower in the 8 mg group (50.0%) than in the 4 mg group (73.0%, P = 0.03), with primary endpoint accomplishment. Moreover, its development in the first cycle was also lower in the 8 mg group than in the 4 mg group. These results were confirmed in a propensity score-matched population. Logistic regression analysis suggested higher DEX dosage as an independent preventive factor (adjusted odds ratio 0.35; 95% confidence interval 0.14-0.86, P = 0.02 for all cycles; 0.26, 0.11-0.63, P = 0.003 for the first cycle). Our study suggests that systemic DEX prevents the occurrence of docetaxel-induced HFS in patients with breast cancer in a dose-dependent manner in a real-world setting.

PMID:38890326 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-024-64553-z