Table 1

Lung cancer patients' characteristics

Study sample (n = 129) No. (%)

Did not know (n = 99) No. (%)

Knew (n = 30) No. (%)

P*


Gender

Male

77 (60)

58 (59)

19 (63)

Female

52 (40)

41 (41)

11 (37)

0.64

Age (year)

Mean (SD)

67.5 (9.1)

68.4 (9.0)

64.5 (8.7)

0.04

Marital status

Married

77 (60)

55 (56)

22 (73)

Widowed/single

52 (40)

44 (44)

8 (27)

0.08

Extent of disease

Limited

101 (78)

80 (80)

21 (70)

Extensive

28 (22)

19 (20)

9 (30))

0.21

Cell type

Non-small cell

67 (52)

57 (58)

10 (33)

Small cell

27 (21)

12 (12)

15 (50)

Unspecified

35 (27)

30 (30)

5 (17)

< 0.0001

Performance status (score)

Normal activity (0)

29 (23)

23 (23)

6 (20)

Symptoms (1)

60 (47)

47 (48)

13 (43)

Sometimes in bed (2)

25 (19)

20 (20)

5 (17)

Need to be in bed (3)

15 (11)

9 (9)

6 (20)

Confined to bed (4)

0 (00)

0 (00)

0 (00)

0.44

Weight loss

Significant weight loss

51 (40)

39 (39)

12 (40)

Weight steady

40 (31)

30 (31)

10 (36)

Possible weight loss/no comment on case records

38 (29)

30 (31)

8 (30)

0.53


* χ2 test for categorical data and Mann-Whitney U-test for continuous variables.

Montazeri et al. BMC Cancer 2004 4:21   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-4-21

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