Diagnoses of suspected cancer in otolaryngology practices in Germany

  • Authors:
    • Karel Kostev
    • Maike Lasrich
    • Lisa Schüller
    • Isabel Diogo
    • Andreas Sesterhenn
    • Louis Jacob
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  • Published online on: August 8, 2018     https://doi.org/10.3892/mco.2018.1694
  • Pages: 459-463
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of suspected head and neck cancer (HNC) diagnoses made by otolaryngologists in a population with subsequently confirmed cancer diagnoses in Germany. This study included patients with an initial documentation of confirmed cancer diagnosis made in 137 otolaryngology practices between January 2012 and December 2016 (index date). The main outcome of the study was the prevalence of diagnoses of suspected cancer in otolaryngology practices within one year prior to the first documentation of a confirmed cancer diagnosis. The association between the defined demographic and clinical variables with diagnoses of suspected cancer was analyzed using a logistic regression model. A total of 6,446 patients received a confirmed cancer diagnosis. A total of 23.1% of the population received a diagnosis of suspected cancer within 12 months prior to the first documentation of a confirmed cancer diagnosis. Patients over the age of 50 (ORs ranging from 1.44 to 1.55) and men (OR=1.52) were more likely to receive a diagnosis of suspected cancer compared with patients aged 50 or under and women. Cancer of the pyriform sinus (OR=3.00) and cancer of the thyroid gland (OR=0.27) were associated with increased and decreased odds of a diagnosis of suspected cancer compared to laryngeal cancer respectively. Overall, approximately 23% of individuals received a diagnosis of suspected cancer within a year prior to the first documentation of confirmed HNC.
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Kostev, K., Lasrich, M., Schüller, L., Diogo, I., Sesterhenn, A., & Jacob, L. (2018). Diagnoses of suspected cancer in otolaryngology practices in Germany. Molecular and Clinical Oncology, 9, 459-463. https://doi.org/10.3892/mco.2018.1694
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Kostev, K., Lasrich, M., Schüller, L., Diogo, I., Sesterhenn, A., Jacob, L."Diagnoses of suspected cancer in otolaryngology practices in Germany". Molecular and Clinical Oncology 9.4 (2018): 459-463.
Chicago
Kostev, K., Lasrich, M., Schüller, L., Diogo, I., Sesterhenn, A., Jacob, L."Diagnoses of suspected cancer in otolaryngology practices in Germany". Molecular and Clinical Oncology 9, no. 4 (2018): 459-463. https://doi.org/10.3892/mco.2018.1694