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      Taxane-induced arthralgia and myalgia: A literature review.

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          Purpose Arthralgia and myalgia following taxane chemotherapy has been documented in the literature. However, these two toxicities associated with taxane treatment have not been closely examined in the literature, and data remain inconsistent in terms of the reported incidences of these toxicities. The purpose of this literature review was to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the incidence of taxane-induced arthralgia and myalgia, as well as to document the risk factors and preventative and therapeutic treatments that have been investigated. Methods A literature search was conducted in Ovid Medline, OldMedline, Embase, Embase Classic, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials using relevant subject headings and keywords such as: "arthralgia," "myalgia," "muscle pain," "joint pain," "taxane," "chemotherapy," "docetaxel," "paclitaxel." Results The reported incidences of arthralgia and myalgia were variable. Taxane chemotherapy was found to be associated with greater incidences of arthralgia and myalgia than non-taxane forms of chemotherapy. Moreover, docetaxel and nab-paclitaxel seem to be associated with lower incidences of arthralgia and myalgia than paclitaxel. Finally, the literature on prevention and therapeutic treatment of taxane-induced arthralgia and myalgia is scarce. Conclusion More studies should be done in order to more conclusively identify optimal therapeutic and preventative treatments as well as different risk factors. We recommend that a prospective study be done in order to better understand the true incidence of arthralgia and myalgia in patients being treated with the paclitaxel, docetaxel, and nab-paclitaxel.

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          Journal
          J Oncol Pharm Pract
          Journal of oncology pharmacy practice : official publication of the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners
          SAGE Publications
          1477-092X
          1078-1552
          Jan 2017
          : 23
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
          Article
          1078155215627502
          10.1177/1078155215627502
          26811404
          4aa3479f-c49b-46ef-a824-202ab758da34
          History

          chemotherapy,taxane,paclitaxel,docetaxel,Arthralgia,myalgia
          chemotherapy, taxane, paclitaxel, docetaxel, Arthralgia, myalgia

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