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Agricultural Research Service

Title: Impact of body composition on pharmacokinetics of doxorubicin in children: A Glaser Pediatric Research Network study)

item Thompson, Patrick
item Rosner, Gary
item Matthay, Katherine
item Moore, Theodore
item Bomgaars, Lisa
item Ellis, Kenneth
item Renbarger, Jamie
item Berg, Stacey

Submitted to: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/7/2008
Publication Date: 11/20/2008
Citation: Patrick, T.A., Rosner, G.L., Matthay, K.K., Moore, T.B., Bomgaars, L.R., Ellis, K.J., Renbarger, J., Berg, S.L. 2009. Impact of body composition on pharmacokinetics of doxorubicin in children: A Glaser Pediatric Research Network study. Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology. 64:243-251.

Interpretive Summary: Some pediatric patients experience little toxicity with drugs used for cancer treatment, while others may show severe toxic side effects. Some drugs (called lipophilic) can be stored in the body fat and released slowly. The incidence of obesity in the general pediatric population is increasing, thus the "one size fits all" estimates of drug clearance may need to be adjusted. Our findings suggest that the clearance of a commonly used cancer drug (doxorubicinol) is decreased in children with more than 30% body fat. This finding is important clinically, because this drug is known to significantly contribute to the risk for cardiac toxicity. Knowing a child's body composition may help towards "personalizing" and improving delivery of therapies.

Technical Abstract: We studied the relationship between doxorubicin pharmacokinetics and body composition in children with cancer. Children between 1 and 21 years of age, receiving doxorubicin as an infusion of any duration <24 h on either a 1-day or 2-day schedule, were eligible if they had no significant abnormality of liver function tests, their dose of doxorubicin was not based on ideal body weight or otherwise "capped," and they weighed > or =12 kg. Body composition was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Doxorubicin and doxorubicinol concentration in plasma were measured by high pressure liquid chromatography. NONMEM was used to perform pharmacokinetic model fitting, and S-PLUS was used to perform a post hoc analysis to examine the effect of body composition on pharmacokinetic parameters. Twenty-two subjects (16 male; 10 Hispanic, 10 Caucasian, 2 Asian) completed the study. The median age was 15.0 years (range 3.3-21.5), median weight was 51.5 kg (range 12.4-80), median BMI was 19.7 (range 13.2-30.0), and median body fat was 25% (range 15-36). The population mean clearance of doxorubicin was 420 ml/min/m(2). Doxorubicinol but not doxorubicin clearance was lower in patients with body fat greater than 30%. Doxorubicinol clearance is decreased in children with >30% body fat. This finding is potentially important clinically, because doxorubicinol may contribute significantly to cardiac toxicity after doxorubicin administration. Further study of the body composition on doxorubicin and doxorubicinol pharmacokinetics and on clinical outcomes is warranted.

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