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Table 1 Lung cancer patients' socio-demographic and clinical characteristics

From: Quality of life in lung cancer patients: does socioeconomic status matter?

  Baseline sample
(n = 129)
No. (%)
Follow-up sample
(n = 82)
No. (%)
Gender   
   Male 77 (60) 48 (58)
   Female 52 (40) 34 (42)
Age (year)   
   Mean (SD) 67.5 (9.1) 66.2 (8.6)
Marital status   
   Married 77 (60) 50 (61)
   Widowed/divorced 45 (35) 28 (34)
   Single 7 (5) 4 (5)
Deprivation category   
   Affluent/intermediate 55 (43) 35 (43)
   Deprived 74 (57) 47 (57)
Cell type   
   Small cell 27 (21) 18 (22)
   Non-small cell 67 (52) 44 (54)
   Unspecified 35 (27) 20 (24)
Extent of disease   
   Limited 101 (78) 70 (85)
   Extensive 28 (22) 12 (15)
Initial treatment   
   Chemotherapy 36 (28) 25 (31)
   Radiotherapy 39 (30) 29 (35)
   Surgery 6 (5) 6 (7)
   Best supportive care 48 (37) 22 (27)
Weight loss*   
   Possible weight loss 12 (9) 7 (9)
   Significant weight loss 51 (40) 33 (40)
   Weight steady 40 (31) 26 (32)
   No comment 26 (20) 16 (19)
  1. * Significant weight loss = 10% weight lost during 6 months prior to diagnosis. Possible weight lost = although it was not clear whether a patient had a significant weight loss or not, the consultant commented in the case record that the patient had possible weight loss.