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Table 1 (a) Number of participants and (b) patient characteristics

From: Head and neck cancer patients’ preferences for individualized prognostic information: a focus group study

FOCUS GROUPS PATIENTS CAREGIVERS
1. small laryngeal carcinomas treated with radiotherapy / laser 6 (28.6%) 6 (31.6%)
2. extensive oral cavity surgical procedures 2 (9.5%) 2 (10.5%)
3. total laryngectomy 4 (19.0%) 6 (31.6%)
4. chemoradiation 5 23.8%) 3 (15.8%)
5. other treatmentsa 4 (19.0%) 2 (10.5%)
Total no. of participants per focus group (%)b 21 (100%) 19 (100%)
PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS NO. (%) / MEDIAN (Q1-Q3)  
Age, years 65.0 (53.5 – 68.5)  
Age range, years 33 – 78  
Sex
 male 12 (57.1 %)  
 female 9 (42.9 %)  
Tumor localization
 larynx 9 (42.9%)  
 hypopharynx 2 (9.5%)  
 oral cavity 3 (14.3%)  
 oropharynx 6 (28.6%)  
 unknown primary 1 (4.8%)  
Tumor stage
 I 5 (23.8%)  
 II 3 (14.3%)  
 III 5 (23.8%)  
 IVa 7 (33.3%)  
 IVb 1 (4.8%)  
Marital status
 married / durable relationship 19 (90.5%)  
 single 2 (9.5%)  
Education level
 lower (primary education or less / lower secondary) 7 (33.3%)  
 intermediate (upper secondary / post-secondary non-tertiary) 9 (42.9%)  
 tertiary (short cycle tertiary / bachelor / master / doctoral) 4 (19.0%)  
 missing 1  
Median time between end of treatment and participation in the focus group (Q1 – Q3) 47 weeks (35 – 64)  
  1. a For example neck dissection or local resection
  2. b Two patients were treated for cancer recurrence by a total laryngectomy, the remaining were treated for a primary head and neck tumor