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MINI 28 - Psychological Impact of Lung Cancer and its Treatment (ID 150)
- Event: WCLC 2015
- Type: Mini Oral
- Track: Palliative and Supportive Care
- Presentations: 1
MINI28.03 - Causes of Death and Hospitalization in Long-Term Lung Cancer Survivors: A Population-Based Appraisal (ID 740)
16:45 - 18:15 | Author(s): P.H.G. Ituarte
Survivorship care has emerged as an important topic in lung cancer due to advances in screening and treatment that have led to prolonged survival. These survivors may have pre-existing comorbidities or health impairments from their treatments that impact quality of life. A better understanding of the healthcare needs of lung cancer survivors will assist in the development of patient-centered, comprehensive survivorship care. We used a population dataset to assess the most common reasons for hospital admission and causes of death among long term (5-year) survivors of lung cancer.
Using linked data from the California Cancer Registry and Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development database, we identified all in-state lung cancer patients diagnosed from 2000-2009. Patients of all stages were included. We used ICD-9 codes to identify causes of death and primary admission diagnoses in survivors after 5 years of lung cancer diagnosis. Annual proportional distribution of reasons for admission and causes of death for survivors were calculated over time.
Among 157,236 lung cancer patients, 80.6% (n=126,775) died within 5 years of diagnosis. Although lung cancer accounted for the majority of hospital admissions in the initial years post-diagnosis, nonmalignant pulmonary disease, (n=7,102, 23.3%) replaced lung cancer progression (n=2,047, 6.7%) as the most common principal diagnosis in 30,461 admissions among 9,166 survivors who were admitted after 5 years from initial lung cancer diagnosis (Figure 1A). Cardiovascular (n=5,712, 18.8%), gastrointestinal (n=2,901, 9.5%), and infectious diseases (n=2,819, 9.3%) also surpassed lung cancer progression as reasons for admission after 5 years of survival. However, lung cancer progression remained the leading cause of death in long-term lung cancer survivors (Figure 1B). Among 5-year survivors, 46.2% (n= 2,855) eventually died from lung cancer progression. The next most common causes of death were cardiovascular disease (n=947, 15.3%), nonmalignant pulmonary disease (n=776, 12.6%), and secondary malignancy (n=605, 9.8%). Figure 1
Most lung cancer patients died within 5 years of diagnosis. Among remaining survivors, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal diseases rather than lung cancer were the primary reasons for hospital admission 5 years after diagnosis. However, lung cancer progression remained the dominant cause of patient death even beyond 5 years of survival. Cardiopulmonary disease and other malignancies were secondary competitors for mortality. Active control of chronic cardiopulmonary disease in addition to lung cancer surveillance should be priorities in long-term lung cancer survivors.
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