EORTC Quality of Life Group: the development of an EORTC quality of life questionnaire to assess chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: the QLQ-CIPN20

Department of Neurology, VU University Medical Center, P.O. Box 7057, MB Amsterdam 1007, The Netherlands.
European Journal of Cancer (Impact Factor: 4.82). 06/2005; 41(8):1135-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejca.2005.02.012
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ABSTRACT Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common phenomenon, often resulting in serious limitations in daily functioning and compromised quality of life. Currently available toxicity grading systems typically use a combination of clinical and paraclinical parameters and relies on the judgment of clinicians and/or nurses. However, because many of the symptoms of CIPN are subjective in nature, it is only logical that an assessment of CIPN be based, at least in part, on patient self-report data. We report on the development of a patient self-report questionnaire, the CIPN20, intended to supplement the core quality of life questionnaire of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). Following EORTC guidelines, relevant CIPN-related issues were identified from a literature survey and interviews with health professionals (n=15) and patients (n=112). The resulting 20-item questionnaire was pre-tested in three languages and four countries and is currently being examined in a large, international clinical trial. The EORTC CIPN20 should provide valuable information on CIPN-related symptoms and functional limitations of patients exposed to potentially neurotoxic chemotherapeutic and/or neuroprotective agents.

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    • "CIPN20 (European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Chemotherapyinduced Peripheral Neuropathy 20 module) questionnaire (Postma et al. 2005 "
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    • "Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a common side effect of several anticancer agents including platinum analogues, vinca alkaloids, taxanes (Postma et al, 2005), and newer agents, such as epothilones, thalidomide, suramin, and the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib (Richardson et al, 2003). This side effect may seriously compromise the patients' quality of life, limit dosage, and thus lead to changes in treatment to non-neurotoxic agents with the risk of limiting the effective clinical outcome. "
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    • "Reliable and valid assessment tools that systematically address neuropathic symptoms, emotional distress, and neuropathic interference with functioning are needed (Bakitas, 2007; Dunlap & Paice, 2006; Wilkes, 2007). In the absence of a gold standard assessment tool, nurses may wish to use one of the existing validated self-report tools, such as the Peripheral Neuropathy Scale (Almadrones et al., 2004; Ostchega et al., 1988), the Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy 20 (Postma et al., 2005), or the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy and Gynecologic Oncology Group neurotoxicity subscale (Huang, Brady, Cella, & Fleming, 2007) to assess changes in symptoms throughout treatment. Additionally, neuropathy should be routinely assessed in cancer survivors. "
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