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4856 - Iron deficiency anaemia in oncology: an epidemiological prospective study.


10 Sep 2017


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Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v543-v567. 10.1093/annonc/mdx388


J. BARRIERE1, J. Ferrero2, B. Hoch3, R. Largillier4, C. Hebert2, D. Borchiellini2, P. Follana2, V. Mari2, L. Evesque5, E. Saada-Bouzid2, R. Schiappa6, V. Raimondi7, E. Chamorey6, J. Viotti6

Author affiliations

  • 1 Oncology, Polyclinic Saint Jean, 06800 - Cagnes-sur-Mer/FR
  • 2 Medical Oncology, Centre Antoine Lacassagne, 06189 - Nice/FR
  • 3 Medical Oncology, Centre Azuréen de Cancérologie, 6250 - Mougins/FR
  • 4 Medical Oncology, Centre Azuréen de Cancérologie, Mougins/FR
  • 5 Medical Oncology, Centre Antoine Lacassagne, 6189 - Nice/FR
  • 6 Biostatistics And Epidemiology Department, Centre Antoine Lacassagne, 6189 - Nice/FR
  • 7 Laboratory, Laboratoire Cerballiance, Nice/FR


Abstract 4856


Anaemia in oncology is frequent, decreasing quality of life and prognosis. Its causes are multiples and still largely unknown, among them, iron deficiency (ID) is seldom studied. Associated with inflammatory syndrome, ID leads to the sequestration of iron in macrophage, making it unavailable for erythropoiesis. Prevalence of ID needs to be specified in oncology as it could be easily corrected by intravenous iron, avoiding use of EPO or blood transfusion and their side effects.


In this prospective, multicentre cohort study (NCT01968304), anaemia and ID were evaluated in patients with locally advanced or metastatic solid tumour and lymphoma newly diagnosed before starting a chemotherapy regimen. Blood samples were collected at the inclusion (week 0 - W0), 6 weeks (W6) and 12 weeks (W12) after. Prevalence was evaluated for both functional ID (FID) and absolute ID (AID) in the general population and according to the tumours location. ID was correlated with tumour response (RECIST criteria).


129 patients were enrolled between 2013 and 2015. 119 had solid tumours (breast 36, colorectal 27, lung 28, prostate 12, others 16) and 10 had lymphomas (not shown).rnTable:


Location N (%)Anaemia N (%)Functional iron deficiency N (%)Absolute iron deficiency N (%)Functional ID associated with Anaemia N (%)
Breast 36 (30)13 (36.1)20 (64.5)17 (63.0)15 (41.7)20 (64.5)2 (5.6)1 (3.2)2 (7.4)6 (16.7)11 (35.5)11 (35.5)9 (33.3)
Colorectal 27 (23)20 (74.1)16 (72.7)11 (68.8)14 (51.9)8 (36.4)5 (18.5)3 (13.6)2 (12.5)10 (37.0)10 (37.0)6 (27.3)5 (31.2)
Lung 28 (24)16 (57.1)22 (88.0)14 (93.3)13 (48.1)8 (32.0)1 (3.7)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)8 (29.6)8 (29.6)8 (32.0)4 (26.7)
Prostate 12 (10)9 (75.0)11 (91.7)9 (81.8)6 (50.0)3 (25.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)0 (0.0)4 (33.3)4 (33.3)2 (16.7)2 (18.2)
All solid tumours 119 (100)63 (52.9)75 (72.8)56 (71.8)62 (48.0)49 (43.0)9 (7.0)5 (4.0)4 (5.0)32 (26.9)32 (26.9)32 (31.1)23 (29.5)

At W0, 62 patients (48%) had FID, 32 (26.9%) had FID associated with anaemia and 9 (7%) had AID. FID prevalence remains constant from W0 to W12, so as FID anaemia and AID. Also, ID incidence remains constant between W6, 17 (15.2%) and W12 10 (11.6%). Localization was not correlated with FID or FID anaemia but prevalence of AID is higher for colorectal tumours. ID (evaluated at W12) was significantly correlated (p = 0.04) with tumour response at W12, 51.2% of responders among patients with no ID versus only 33.3% among patients with ID.



Our data confirm the high prevalence of ID in cancer patients. Localization is not correlated with the prevalence of ID whereas absolute ID is of higher rate in colorectal cancer. Also, ID at W12 without supplementation seems to be predictive of chemotherapy response.

Clinical trial identification

NCT01968304. Release date: October 1, 2013

Legal entity responsible for the study

Centre Antoine Lacassagne


Vifor Pharma France


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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