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A new rapid desensitization protocol for chemotherapy agents

Gastaminza G [SP], de la Borbolla JM, Goikoetxea MJ [SP], Escudero R, Antón J, Espinós J [SP], Lacasa C [SP], Fernández-Benítez M, Sanz ML [SP], Ferrer M.
Department of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, Clinica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Magazine: Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology

Date: Jan 1, 2011

Pharmacy [SP] Medical Oncology Allergology and Immunology Department

BACKGROUND
Desensitization has been used for some decades to treat patients with the allergenic drug when an alternative drug with similar efficacy and safety is not available. We present the results from a series of oncology patients desensitized at our hospital during the last 2 years.

OBJECTIVE
To assess the efficacy of a new desensitization protocol in patients allergic to chemotherapy drugs.

METHODS
We performed an observational retrospective study of 11 women (6 breast cancer and 5 ovarian cancer) who underwent our desensitization protocol. Four patients had immediate reactions to carboplatin, 3 to docetaxel, 3 to paclitaxel, and 1 to both docetaxel and paclitaxel. Premedication was administered in all cases. A 5-step protocol based on 5 different dilutions of the drugs was used.

RESULTS
We performed 39 desensitization procedures: 14 to carboplatin, 3 to oxaliplatin, 16 to docetaxel, and 6 to paclitaxel. Eight patients tolerated the full dose in 36 procedures. One patient suffered an anaphylactic reaction to carboplatin that reverted with treatment. One patient had dyspnea after a paclitaxel cycle. One patient experienced dyspnea due to chronic pulmonary thromboembolism related to her disease.

CONCLUSION
Desensitization is a useful procedure in patients who are allergic to their chemotherapy agents.

CITATION  J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2011;21(2):108-12

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