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Role of cardioprotective therapy for prevention of cardiotoxicity with chemotherapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis


Kalam, K and Marwick, TH, Role of cardioprotective therapy for prevention of cardiotoxicity with chemotherapy: A systematic review and meta-analysis, European Journal of Cancer, 49, (13) pp. 2900-2909. ISSN 0959-8049 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2013.04.030


Background: Cardiotoxicity is a well-recognised complication of chemotherapy with anthracycline and/or trastuzumab, and its prevention remains an important challenge in cancer survivorship. Several successful preventative strategies have been identified in animal trials. We sought to assemble the clinical evidence that prophylactic pharmacological interventions could prevent left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and heart failure in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Methods: We undertook a systemic review of the evidence from randomised trials and observational studies where a prophylactic intervention was compared with a control arm in patients with a normal ejection fraction and no past history of heart failure. The primary outcome was development of heart failure (HF), a drop in ejection fraction (EF) or both. A random-effects model was used to combine relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs), and a meta-regression was undertaken to assess the impact of potential covariates. Findings: Data were collated from 14 published articles (n = 2015 paediatric and adult patients) comprising 12 randomised controlled trials and two observational studies. The most studied chemotherapeutic agents were anthracyclines, and prophylactic agents included dexrazoxane, statins, beta-blocker and angiotensin antagonists. There were 304 cardiac events in the control arm compared to 83 in the prophylaxis arm (RR = 0.31 [95% CI: 0.25-0.39], p < 0.00001). Cardiac events were reduced with dexrazoxane (RR = 0.35 [95% CI 0.27-0.45], p < 0.00001), beta-blockade (RR = 0.31 [95% CI 0.16-0.63], p = 0.001), statin (RR = 0.31 [95% CI 0.13-0.77], p = 0.01) and angiotensin antagonists (RR = 0.11 [95% CI 0.04-0.29], p < 0.0001). Interpretation: Prophylactic treatment with dexrazoxane, beta-blocker, statin or angiotensin antagonists appear to have similar efficacy for reducing cardiotoxicity. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cancer chemotherapy, Cardiotoxicity, Anthracycline, Trastuzumab, Cardioprotection
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kalam, K (Dr Kashif Kalam)
UTAS Author:Marwick, TH (Professor Tom Marwick)
ID Code:85932
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:217
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-08-15
Last Modified:2014-04-23

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