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Corticosteroid use poses risk of febrile neutropenia

Chao CR et al. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018;16(10):1201-8

Key clinical point: Risk factors for chemotherapy-induced febrile neutropenia include corticosteroid use and intravenous antibiotics.

Major finding: Corticosteroid use was associated with an increased risk of febrile neutropenia, compared with no corticosteroid use (hazard ratio, 1.53; P less than .01).

Study details: This retrospective study included 15,971 patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or five solid tumors.

Disclosures: The study was funded by Amgen. Three of the authors reported being employers and stockholders of Amgen.

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Chao CR et al. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2018;16(10):1201-8

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