Impact of hematologic toxicities during concurrent chemoradiation for cervical cancer

Feiya Shi, Alison K. Yoder, Claire Mach, Shraddha Dalwadi, Matthew L. Anderson, Tracilyn R. Hall, Michelle S. Ludwig

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Objective To evaluate the prognostic significance of hematological toxicities during cervical cancer treatment. Methods Patients treated for cervical carcinoma with definitive chemoradiation were identified. Toxicities were assessed during weeks 1 to 6 of concurrent external beam radiation and chemotherapy. Outcomes were analyzed using Cox regression analysis. Results One hundred twenty-one patients with Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage I-III disease were eligible for analysis. Median age at diagnosis was 45 years (interquartile range, 40-52) with median follow-up time of 34 months (95% confidence interval, 30.8-37.2). All patients experienced some grade of hematologic toxicity. The most common grade 3+ toxicities were low absolute lymphocyte count (n=115, 95%), low white blood cell count (n=21, 17%), and anemia (n=11, 9%). The most common grade 4 toxicity was lymphopenia, experienced by 36% of patients (n=44). Grade 4 lymphopenia was associated with reduced overall survival (hazard ratio [HR], 4.5; P=0.005), progressionfree survival (HR, 3.4; P=0.001), and local control (HR, 4.1; P=0.047). Anemia grade 3, 4 was also associated with reduced overall survival (HR, 4.1; P=0.014). After controlling for disease and treatment variables, grade 4 lymphopenia remained significantly associated with reduced overall survival (HR, 9.85; P=0.007). The association with grade 4 lymphopenia only remained significant in women of Hispanic ethnicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-187
Number of pages12
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Anemia
  • Chemoradiotherapy
  • Lymphopenia
  • Uterine cervical neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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