Rugge M, Buja A, Tropea S, Girardi G, Franzese LC, Cozzolino C, Zorzi M, Vecchiato A, Del Fiore P, Brunello A, Brazzale AR, Baldo V, Dei Tos AP, Rossi CR, Mocellin S.

Cancers (Basel). 2022 Jun 24;14(13):3109. doi: 10.3390/cancers14133109.


The clinical treatment of soft tissue sarcoma (STS) has evolved substantially over the last decade. This population-based cohort study based on real-world data included all incidental STS recorded by the Veneto Cancer Registry in 2017. Data on hospital admissions, emergency department and outpatient visits, drug prescriptions, and use of medical devices within two years from STS diagnosis were obtained from administrative databases. The average per-patient real-world costs over this two-year period, in total and by single expenditure item, were calculated and stratified by stage of disease at diagnosis, tumor histology and tumor site. The mean total cost per patient amounted to EUR 16,793. A higher TNM stage at diagnosis was associated with higher healthcare costs, as follows: compared with stage I, the average total cost per patient was 1.32, 2.18 and 3.36 times greater for stages II, III and IV, respectively. Hospital stays generated the greatest costs (averaging EUR 7950 per patient), followed by outpatient visits (mean EUR 3947 per patient) and drug prescriptions (mean EUR 3664 per patient). Given the paucity of population-based studies, the present results can serve as a reference for further cost-effectiveness analyses on care strategies for patients with STS.