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HCUP Statistical Brief: Cancer-Related Hospitalizations for Adults, 2017

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The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) has posted a new statistical brief:  Cancer-Related Hospitalizations for Adults, 2017.

This Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief presents statistics on adult nonmaternal hospital stays involving cancer using the 2017 National Inpatient Sample (NIS). This analysis compares characteristics of cancer-related hospital stays with adult nonmaternal hospital stays for all other conditions. The most common cancer-related hospitalizations are identified by type of cancer. For stays with a secondary diagnosis of cancer, the most frequent principal diagnoses are presented.

Brief highlights:

  1. In 2017, there were 2.8 million cancer-related adult nonmaternal hospitalizations. Of these, 1.0 million stays had cancer as the principal diagnosis and an aggregate cost of $23.0 billion, accounting for 6.2 percent of adult nonmaternal inpatient hospital costs.
  2. On average, the cost of an adult nonmaternal hospital stay in 2017 was substantially higher for cancer ($22,100) than for other principal diagnoses ($13,800)
  3. The most common principal cancer diagnoses in 2017 were secondary malignancies, colorectal cancer, and respiratory cancers. These cancers accounted for more than one-third of the aggregate cost of hospital stays principally for cancer.
  4. For hospital stays with a secondary diagnosis of cancer, the principal diagnosis varied widely, with the most common being septicemia (14.4 percent), encounter for antineoplastic therapies (6.1 percent), and pneumonia (3.9 percent).

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