Unexpected toxicity of CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib and radiotherapy.



These cases indicate a possible interaction between radiotherapy and palbociclib. Therefore, we recommend using radiotherapy cautiously when combined with CDK4/6 inhibitors.


We report three cases of unexpected severe or prolonged soft tissue, skin, and gastrointestinal toxicity in patients treated with a combination of radiotherapy and the CDK4/6 inhibitor palbociclib.


Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4/6 inhibitors have recently been approved for the treatment of hormone receptor-positive and HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer in association with endocrine therapy in postmenopausal women. Data on the interaction of CDK4/6 inhibition and radiotherapy are scarce, but some studies show unexpected toxicity.

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Cancer reports (Hoboken, N.J.)
  • Volume 5
  • Issue nr. 2
  • Pages e1470
  • Publication date 01-02-2022

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