OBJECTIVE: Oral treatment with inositol hexaphosphate (InsP6) has shown to be efficient in decreasing adverse effects in patients with breast cancer under chemotherapy. This study was aimed at evaluating and comparing the efficacy of topical InsP6 in improving quality of life in women treated with anticancer drugs.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study was a double-blind, randomized controlled trial (RCT) with allocation concealment of 20 patients in two groups, one (experimental) applied 4% topical formulation of InsP6 once a day, whereas the second one (control) a gel containing hyaluronic acid. InsP6 therapy started 6 weeks after lumpectomy. Blood tests were monitored in both groups and quality of life was assessed using standardized QLQ-C30 and QLQ-BR23.
RESULTS: Patients who applied InsP6 on the breast significantly improved their quality of life and functional status reducing side effects compared to control group; moreover, after treatment, a significant difference between the two groups was observed in the white blood cells and platelets count values.
CONCLUSIONS: Topical InsP6 treatment has demonstrated to be effective and safe in preventing and/or mitigating chemotherapy-induced side effects as well as the preserving quality of life in women with ductal breast cancer.Free PDF Download
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S. Proietti, V. Pasta, A. Cucina, C. Aragona, E. Palombi, I. Vucenik, M. Bizzarri
Inositol hexaphosphate (InsP6) as an effective topical treatment for patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy after breast surgery
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
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