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Table 2 Clinical and demographic characteristics

From: Vulnerability in elderly patients with gastrointestinal cancer – translation, cultural adaptation and validation of the European Portuguese version of the Vulnerable Elders Survey (VES-13)

  VES-13 < 3 VES-13 ≥ 3 Total
n = 104 (%) n = 102 (%) n = 206 (%)
Male 77 (74) 56 (55) 133 (65)
Age - years, median [range] 72 [65–84] 77 [65–89] 73 [65–89]
Charlson comorbidity index, median [range] 6 [5–15] 8 [5–15] 7 [5–15]
 Diabetes mellitus 29 (28) 33 (32) 62 (30)
 Cardiovascular disease 12 (12) 24 (24) 36 (17)
No. concomitant drugs, median [range] 3 [1–9] 4 [1–8] 3 [1–9]
Primary cancer topography
 Colorectal 66 (64) 64 (63) 130 (63)
 Gastro-esophageal 29 (28) 24 (24) 53 (26)
 Pancreas 3 (3) 10 (10) 13 (6)
Cancer stage (AJCC 7th edition)
 I 9 (9) 8 (8) 17 (8)
 II 23 (22) 20 (20) 43 (21)
 III 43 (42) 34 (33) 77 (37)
 IV 22 (21) 34 (33) 56 (27)
  1. VES-13 – Vulnerable Elders Survey: < 3 → fit; ≥ 3 → vulnerable/fragile; AJCC – American Joint Committee of Cancer