Changes in Circulating Levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

Dieuwertje E. Kok, Maaike M. G. A. van den Berg, Liesbeth Posthuma, Iris van ’t Erve, Fränzel J. B. van Duijnhoven, Wilfred K. de Roos, Sissi Grosfeld, Maartje Los, Dirkje W. Sommeijer, Hanneke W. M. van Laarhoven, Renate M. Winkels, Ellen Kampman

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Cancer treatments, toxicities and their effects on lifestyle, may impact levels of vitamin D. The aim of this study was to determine serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D 3 ) levels before, directly after and 6 months after chemotherapy in breast cancer patients (n = 95), and a comparison group of women (n = 52) not diagnosed with cancer. Changes in 25(OH)D 3 levels over time were compared using linear mixed models adjusted for age and season of blood sampling. Before start of chemotherapy, 25(OH)D 3 levels were lower in patients (estimated marginal mean 55.8 nmol/L, 95% confidence interval (95%CI) 51.2–60.4) compared to the comparison group (67.2 nmol/L, 95%CI 61.1–73.3, P = 0.003). Directly after chemotherapy, 25(OH)D 3 levels were slightly decreased (–5.1 nmol/L, 95%CI –10.7–0.5, P = 0.082), but ended up higher 6 months after chemotherapy (10.9 nmol/L, 95%CI 5.5–16.4, P < 0.001) compared to pre-chemotherapy values. In women without cancer, 25(OH)D 3 levels remained stable throughout the study. Use of dietary supplements did not explain recovery of 25(OH)D 3 levels after chemotherapy. We reported lower 25(OH)D 3 levels in breast cancer patients, which decreased during chemotherapy, but recovered to levels observed in women without cancer within 6 months after chemotherapy. Suboptimal 25(OH)D 3 levels in the majority of the participants highlight the relevance of monitoring in this vulnerable population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-766
JournalNutrition and cancer
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2019

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