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AHRQ Stats: Hospitalization for Cancer

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In 2017, one million hospital stays with a principal diagnosis of cancer cost a total of $23 billion. More than one-third of that cost was for three types of cancer: colorectal cancer, respiratory cancer and secondary malignancies, according to a new Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief.

This 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.

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