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Table 1 Characteristics of the study participants (N = 206)

From: Unmet supportive care needs and associated factors among young adult cancer patients in Japan

Characteristic N %
Age mean: 33.7 (SD = 4.3) median: 34.5 (range, 22–39)
Gender Female 180 87.4
  Male 26 12.6
Education < 12 y 86 41.7
  > 12 y 120 58.3
Marital status Married 102 49.5
  Single or divorced 104 50.5
Household size Living alone 45 21.8
  Two or more 161 78.2
Having children None 128 62.1
  Age < 20 76 36.9
  Age > 20 3 1.5
Occupational status Full-time 65 31.6
  Part-time 51 24.8
  Absence from work 16 7.8
  Housemaker 46 22.3
  Unemployed 23 11.2
  Student 1 0.5
  Others 4 1.9
Change in income status after cancer diagnosis
  No change 103 50.0
  Decreased 86 41.7
  Increased 17 8.3
Change in work and school life after cancer diagnosis
  No change 91 44.2
  Work/study hour decreased 20 9.7
  Absence from work/school 50 24.3
  Left work/school 58 28.1
  Changed jobs/schools 22 10.7
  Firing 2 1.0
  Other 5 2.4
Caring for parents No 192 93.2
  Yes 14 6.8
Performance statusa 0 147 71.4
  1 52 25.2
  2 4 1.9
  3 2 1.0
  4 1 0.5
Cancer site Uterus 84 40.8
  Breast 25 12.1
  Thyroid 23 11.2
  Ovary 17 8.3
  Lymphoma 15 7.3
  Leukemia 13 6.3
  Intestine/rectum 13 6.3
  Other 16 7.8
Age of the first diagnosis < 30 111 53.9
  > 30 95 46.1
Years since diagnosis < 1 year 33 16.0
  1–5 years 105 51.0
  5–10 years 47 22.8
  > 10 years 21 10.2
Recurrence/metastasis No 164 79.6
  Yes 15 7.3
  Unknown 27 13.1
Chemotherapy Never 116 56.3
  Yes (undergoing) 16 7.8
  Yes (completed) 74 35.9
  1. aEastern Cooperative Oncology Group criteria