Quality of Life and Pain During Treatment of Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer With Cabazitaxel In Routine Clinical Practice

Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2020 Oct;18(5):e510-e516. doi: 10.1016/j.clgc.2020.02.003. Epub 2020 Mar 6.


Background: This prospective study collected quality of life (QoL) and pain data during cabazitaxel treatment in patients with advanced metastatic or castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).

Patients and methods: Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Prostate (QoL) and Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (pain) questionnaires were collected over 6 months.

Results: In 61 patients with mCRPC (median age, 72 years) from 22 centers, metastatic sites were bones (97%), lymph nodes (36%), and visceral (20%); 25% received cabazitaxel in the second line, 29% in the third line, and 46% in the fourth line or beyond. All had been previously treated with docetaxel, except one with paclitaxel, and 75% also with abiraterone, enzalutamide, or both. The median cabazitaxel duration was 3.4 months. Forty-nine patients were evaluable for QoL and 44 for pain. QoL was improved in 37%, maintained in 35%, and deteriorated in 37%. In 27%, pain decreased ≥ 1 level and remained stable in 52%. A total of 34% lowered analgesic drug level. Prostate-specific antigen response ≥ 50% was observed in 11 (32.6%) patients, of whom 7 improved QoL and 1 was stable. At 6 months, 83.6% survived (95% confidence interval, 71.7%-90.8%). A total of 46% had ≥ 1 grade ≥ 3 adverse events, mainly anemia and neutropenia.

Conclusion: Although cabazitaxel was given as the third line and beyond for three-quarters of patients, over one-third had improved QoL and/or decreased pain during treatment.

Keywords: FACT-P scores; Pain score BPI-S; Prospective observational study; Real-world information; Survival.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pain / drug therapy
  • Pain / etiology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prostatic Neoplasms, Castration-Resistant* / drug therapy
  • Quality of Life*
  • Taxoids


  • Taxoids
  • cabazitaxel