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Poster lunch

1998 - Acute ototoxicity in adult cancer patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy (532P)


18 Nov 2017


Poster lunch


Ha-young Lee


Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_10): x155-x165. 10.1093/annonc/mdx676


H. Lee1, Y.H. Choi1, B. Seo1, K.A. Kwon1, S. An2, H.Y. Son2, H. Chang2, Y.S. Kim3

Author affiliations

  • 1 Medical Oncology, Dongnam Institute of Radological and Medical Sciences-DIRAMS, 619-953 - Busan/KR
  • 2 Otorhinolaryngology, Dongnam Institute of Radological and Medical Sciences-DIRAMS, 619-953 - Busan/KR
  • 3 Patient Education Team, Dongnam Institute of Radological and Medical Sciences-DIRAMS, 619-953 - Busan/KR


Abstract 1998


Platinum-based chemotherapy is widely used and effective as antineoplastic agents. They are also considered to be potentially highly ototoxic. Effects of platinium-based chemotherapy on hearing loss have been evaluated in childhood cancer patients and survivors but not in adult cancer patients and patients undergoing platinum-based chemotherapy.


We analyzed the clinical data and acute ototoxicity of adult patients with solid cancer receiving platinum-based chemotherapy in Dongnam Institution of Radiological and Medical Sciences(DIRAMS).


This study included 130 patients treated with platinum-based chemotherapy for malignancy in DIRAMS from July 2016 to March 2017. Hearing was assessed by pure tone audiometry (0.25 to 8 kHz) in 0,1,2,3 months after starting platinum. Absolute hearing loss (AHL) was defined as thresholds of > 20 dB at any frequency. AHL was identified in 59 cases (45%) at baseline, 58 cases (45%) at 1month, 38/91 cases (42%) at 2 months and 26/64 cases (41%) at 3 months. The number of patients who received cisplatin, which is more highly ototoxic than other platinum agents, was 78 (60%). In patients receiving cisplatin, AHL was identified in 33 cases (44%) at baseline, 32 cases (41%) at 1 month, 18/50 cases (36%) at 2 months and 14/33 cases (42%) at 3 months. Cumulative cisplatin doses were not associated with hearing loss.


In this study, adult cancer patients undergoing platinum-based chemotherapy have no significant hearing loss. So, acute ototoxicity of platinum was not shown. We do not clearly know when platinuminduced hearing loss will occur. Therefore, long term follow-up of adult cancer patients receiving platinum-based chemotherapy is needed.

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All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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