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Table 3 Reasons for not undergoing or discontinuing MT (multiple reasons possible)

From: Clinical decision-making and health-related quality of life during first-line and maintenance therapy in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC): findings from a real-world setting

Reasons for not undergoing maintenance therapy
(n = 24)
Reasons for discontinuation of maintenance therapy
(n = 29)
PHYSICIAN PATIENT PHYSICIAN PATIENT
Toxicity or side-effects (n = 7) Toxicity or side-effects (n = 14) Disease progression (n = 18) Disease progression (n = 9)
Regression/ curative treatment (n = 5) Need for treatment break (n = 12) Poor health status (n = 5) Physical or emotional exhaustion (n = 6)
Patient wish for treatment holiday (n = 4) Physical or emotional exhaustion (n = 10) Treatment toxicity (n = 4) Need for treatment break (n = 6)
Poor health status (n = 3) Doubts that treatment would improve the condition (n = 7) New comorbidities/ metastases (n = 2) Treatment toxicity and side-effects (n = 5)
Patient compliance, disease progression (n = 2 each) Reasons not specified (n = 4) Remission or deceased (n = 1 each) Time burden (n = 2)
New comorbidity, not eligible (n = 1 each) Recommendation from family or friends (n = 3)   
  Financial and time burden (n = 2 each)   
  Curative treatment, poor health status (n = 1 each)