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Table 1 Lung cancer patients' characteristics

From: Does knowledge of cancer diagnosis affect quality of life? A methodological challenge

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