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Intensive Care in Patients with Lung Cancer: A Multinational Study
This multicenter prospective study evaluated indications for and outcomes of ICU admission for 449 patients with lung cancer. Most patients had a newly diagnosed lung cancer, and the most common indication for ICU admission was airway compromise. Hospital and 6-month mortality rates were 39% and 55%. Determinants of mortality were severity of organ system dysfunction, recurrent or progressive cancer, poor performance status, and cancer-related complications. Mortality was lower in high volume centers.