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Table 1 Socio-demographic and disease characteristics of participants (n = 117)

From: Most prevalent unmet supportive care needs and quality of life of breast cancer patients in a tertiary hospital in Malaysia

Socio-demographic and disease characteristics Total sample (117)
N %
Age   
  < 40 years 16 13.7
 40–49 years 29 24.8
   > 50 years 72 61.6
Ethnicity   
 Malay 68 58.1
 Chinese 35 29.9
 Indian 14 12.0
Educational level   
 No formal education 15 12.8
 Primary 19 16.3
 Secondary 46 39.3
 Tertiary 37 31.6
Marital status   
 Unmarried 4 3.4
 Married 91 77.8
 Divorced/widowed 22 18.8
Employment status   
 Housewife 63 53.8
 Employed 37 31.6
 Retired 17 14.5
Household income (RM)   
 Less than 2000 41 35.1
 2000 ─ 4000 48 41.0
 More than 4000 28 23.9
Time since diagnosis   
  < 2 years 50 42.7
 2–5 years 50 42.7
  > 5 years 17 14.6
Stage at diagnosis   
 Stage 0 8 6.8
 Stage I 24 20.5
 Stage II 43 36.8
 Stage III 28 23.9
 Stage IV 14 12.0
Type of surgery   
 Breast conserving surgery 37 31.6
 Mastectomy 80 68.4
Radiotherapy   
 Yes 94 80.3
 No 23 19.7
Chemotherapy   
 Yes 84 71.8
 No 33 28.2
Hormone therapya   
 Yes 92 79.3
 No 24 20.7
Immune therapya   
 Yes 26 22.6
 No 89 77.4
  1. aNumber of participants less than 117 (total respondents) due to non-response