Serum micronutrients and prealbumin during development and recovery of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Roser Velasco, Cristina Santos, Gemma Soler, Miguel Gil-Gil, Sonia Pernas, Maica Galan, Ramon Palmero, Jordi Bruna

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© 2016 Peripheral Nerve Society Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a frequent adverse event. Nutritional status can become impaired in cancer patients, potentially contributing to neuropathy's evolution. Our aim was to evaluate serum micronutrients and prealbumin in a cohort of 113 solid-cancer patients receiving platinum and taxane compounds during the development and recovery of neuropathy, up to 1 year after finishing treatment. CIPN was graded according to Total Neuropathy Score© and NCI.CTCv3 at T0 (baseline), T1 (1–3 months), and T12 (12 months) after chemotherapy. CIPN was classified as asymptomatic (< grade 2) or symptomatic (≥2). CIPN recovery was defined as ≥1 grade improvement at T12. Symptomatic CIPN developed in 52% of patients. Symptomatic patients presented a higher increase in TNSc (p < 0.001), in TNSr© (p < 0.001), and decrease in sural (p < 0.001) and radial nerve conduction (p < 0.001). No significant differences with any of the micronutrients were observed along T0-T1 period between severity or chemotherapy groups. By T12, symptomatic patients without recovery had a decrease in vitamin E levels (p = 0.019) and prealbumin (p = 0.062) compared with those symptomatic that improved. A correlation between the variation of vitamin E and prealbumin at T0-T1 (r = 0.626, p = 0.001) and T1-T12 (r = 0.411, p = 0.06) was observed. After chemotherapy treatment, the improvement of patients displaying symptomatic neuropathy is related to vitamin E and prealbumin serum levels. Our results suggest that nutritional status can play a role in CIPN recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-141
JournalJournal of the Peripheral Nervous System
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy
  • nutritional status
  • platinum
  • serum micronutrients
  • taxane


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