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Table 1 Demographic and oncological characteristics of the study population

From: G-8 indicates overall and quality-adjusted survival in older head and neck cancer patients treated with curative radiochemotherapy

  Study population Fit patientsa Vulnerable patientsa
N = 100 N = 32 N = 68
Demographic characteristics   Median (range)  
  Age 72.0 (65.0– 86.0) 72.0 (65.0–84.0) 72.0 (65.0–86.0)
   %  
 Gender    
  Male 86 28 58
  Female 14 4 10
 Social status    
  Married/living together 72 27 45
 Profession    
  Labourer 44 12 32
  Employee 31 8 23
  Self-employed 25 12 13
Clinical characteristics    
 Tumour location    
  Oral cavity 15 3 12
  Oropharynx 22 6 16
  Hypopharynx 10 0 10
  Nasopharynx 2 0 2
  Supraglottis 18 4 14
  Glottis 24 14 10
  Subglottis 3 1 2
  Occult primary 6 4 2
 Tumour stage    
  Early stage (I-II) 31 15 16
  Late stage (III-IVb) 69 17 52
 Therapy initiation    
 Primary radiotherapy    
  Alone 40 14 26
  With chemotherapy (cisplatin) 21 8 13
  With biotherapy (cetuximab) 8 1 7
  Adjuvant radiotherapy    
  Alone 21 7 14
  With chemotherapy (cisplatin) 8 2 6
  With biotherapy (cetuximab) 2 0 2
  1. aclassification according to G-8, assessed at W0
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