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Poster Display session 1

6002 - Infection-Related Mortality in Different Types of Cancers


28 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 1


Supportive Care and Symptom Management

Tumour Site


Mohamed Gouda


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v718-v746. 10.1093/annonc/mdz265


M.A. Gouda1, A.A. Gouda2

Author affiliations

  • 1 Department Of Clinical Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, 32511 - Shebin Al-Kom/EG
  • 2 Menoufia Directorate For Health Affairs, Egyptian Ministry of Health, 32627 - Tala/EG


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Abstract 6002


Although cancer patients are known to be at higher risk of infection and its subsequent complications, the magnitude of infection-related mortality in cancer patients remains unknown. In this study, data from Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) were explored in order to identify how far infection was identified as the cause of death in cancer patients in the United States between 2010 and 2016.


Data were obtained using SEER*Stat version 8.3.5 where (SEER 18 Regs Nov 2018 Submission) was used as the data source. Only cases with malignant behavior, known age, and those in research database were included. Analysis was made for patients who were diagnosed between 2010 and 2016 whose vital status was reported as "dead" at the time of study cut-off. Data about cause of death were exported using case-listing session in SEER*Stat and were analyzed using SPSS version 25.


1,012,769 cases were included in the final data analysis. Infection was identified as the cause of death in 1.89% of cases (n = 19,155). Infection-related mortality was much higher in patients diagnosed with hematological malignancies (3.6%, n = 3,472) compared with non-hematological malignant diseases (1.7%, n = 15683). Deaths related to infection were also higher in males (2.2%, n = 11,827) compared with females (1.6%, n = 7,328).


Although infection is perceived as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients, its current magnitude may be lower than expectations. Infection-related mortality showed higher prevelance in males and in patients with hematological malignancies.

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Editorial acknowledgement


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Has not received any funding.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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