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Factors Associated With Guideline-Concordant Pharmacological Treatment for Neuropathic Pain Among Breast Cancer Survivors.
Lakkad M, Martin B, Li C, Harrington S, Dayer L, Painter JT. Factors Associated With Guideline-Concordant Pharmacological Treatment for Neuropathic Pain Among Breast Cancer Survivors. Clinical breast cancer. 2023 Aug 1; 23(6):598-619.
To identify factors associated with receiving guideline-concordant treatment among breast cancer survivors with neuropathic pain.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
A retrospective case-control study was conducted using the SEER-Medicare linked database. We included female breast cancer survivors diagnosed with non-metastatic breast cancer (stages 0-III) between 2007 and 2015 who developed treatment-related neuropathic pain during their survivorship period. Guideline-concordant treatment was defined based on NCCN guidelines. Factors associated with receiving guideline-concordant treatment were assessed using multivariable logistic regression and backward selection was used to identify potential associated factors.
Around 16.7% of breast cancer survivors in the study developed a neuropathic pain condition. The mean time to develop neuropathic pain was 1.4 years after beginning adjuvant treatment. On average, patients who developed neuropathic pain and received guideline-concordant treatment did so at 2.4 months after their neuropathic pain diagnosis. We found that survivors that are black and of other races were less likely to receive guideline-concordant treatment for breast cancer treatment-related neuropathic pain. Whereas survivors with diabetes, mental health disorders, hemiplegia, prior continuous opioid use, benzodiazepine use, nonbenzodiazepine CNS depressant use, or antipsychotic medication use were less likely to receive guideline-concordant treatment.
This study suggests that minority races, prior medication use, and comorbid conditions are associated with guideline-concordant treatment among breast cancer survivors with neuropathic pain. These findings warrant attention towards minority races to prescribe them guideline-concordant treatment as well as caution when prescribing concurrent pain medications to survivors with comorbidities and prior medication use.