Published: 4:40 pm, Thursday, 2 November 2017
A cancer patient in intensive care as a result of surgery is less likely to die than a non-surgical cancer patient, a landmark review has found.
Analysis of more than 1.6 million admissions to Australian and New Zealand intensive care units (ICUs) shows there were nearly 214,000 admissions between 2000 and 2016 due to cancer.
Lead investigator and intensive care specialist Dr Eamon Raith at Royal Adelaide Hospital, who will present the review's initial findings at a conference of anaesthetists in Sydney on Friday, says nearly 80 per cent of these patients were admitted to ICU following surgery related to their cancer.
Gastrointestinal, brain and respiratory tract cancers - including lung cancer - accounted for the most admissions.
'Most significantly it was found it was the 20 per cent of non-surgical cancer patients admitted to ICU who were more likely to die,' Dr Raith told AAP.