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The European Cancer Anaemia Survey (ECAS): a large, multinational, prospective survey defining the prevalence, incidence, and treatment of anaemia in cancer patients
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. (Hematologi)
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2004 (English)In: European Journal of Cancer, ISSN 0959-8049, E-ISSN 1879-0852, Vol. 40, no 15, 2293-2306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The European Cancer Anaemia Survey (ECAS) was conducted to prospectively evaluate the prevalence, incidence and treatment of anaemia (haemoglobin <12.0 g/dL) in European cancer patients, including the relationship of mild, moderate and severe anaemia to performance status. Patients were evaluated for up to 6 months. Data (N=15367) included demographics, tumour type, performance status, haemoglobin levels, cancer treatments and anaemia treatments. Prevalence of anaemia at enrollment was 39.3% (haemoglobin <10.0 g/dL, 10%), and 67.0% during the survey (haemoglobin <10.0 g/dL, 39.3%). Low haemoglobin levels correlated significantly with poor performance status. Incidence of anaemia was 53.7% (haemoglobin <10.0 g/dL, 15.2%). Anaemia was treated in 38.9% of patients (epoetin, 17.4%; transfusion, 14.9%; and iron, 6.5%). Mean haemoglobin to initiate anaemia treatment was 9.7 g/dL. Anaemia prevalence and incidence in cancer patients are high. Anaemia significantly correlates with poor performance status and many anaemic patients are not treated.

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2004. Vol. 40, no 15, 2293-2306 p.
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Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged; 80 and over, Anemia/epidemiology/etiology/*therapy, Europe/epidemiology, Hemoglobins/analysis, Humans, Incidence, Middle Aged, Neoplasms/*complications/epidemiology, Prevalence, Prospective Studies, Quality of Life, Research Support; Non-U.S. Gov't
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-73050DOI: 10.1016/j.ejca.2004.06.019PubMedID: 15454256OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-73050DiVA: diva2:100961
Available from: 2005-09-12 Created: 2005-09-12 Last updated: 2010-12-20Bibliographically approved

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