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Table 1 Characteristics of the cancer patients who received or who did not receive chemotherapy during the last months of life

From: Trends in receiving chemotherapy for advanced cancer patients at the end of life

Year of death 2000 2005 2010
Months before death 6 months 3 months 1 month 6 months 3 months 1 month 6 months 3 months 1 month
Number CTx (+) P value CTx (+) P value CTx (+) P value CTx (+) P value CTx (+) P value CTx (+) P value CTx (+) P value CTx (+) P value CTx (+) P value
201 (33)   152 (25)   136 (22)   325 (46)   283 (40)   260 (37)   597 (57)   497 (47)   582 (56)  
Gender                   
Male 132 (65.7) NS 98 (64.5) NS 83 (61.0) NS 199 (61.2) NS 199 (61.2) NS 165 (63.5) NS 371 (62.1) 0.005 314 (3.2) NS 383(65.8) NS
Female 69 (34.3)   54 (35.5)   53 (39.0)   126 (38.8)   126 (38.8)   95 (36.5)   226 (37.9)   183 (36.8)   199 (34.2)  
Age
≥65 years 31 (15.4) <0.001 29 (19.1) 0.002 35 (25.7) 0.005 83 (25.5) <0.001 83 (25.5) <0.001 85 (32.7) <0.001 232 (38.9) <0.001 197 (39.6) 0.004 257 (44.2) NS
<65 years 170 (84.6)   123 (80.9)   101 (74.3)   242 (74.5)   242 (74.5)   175 (67.3)   365 (61.1)   300 (60.4)   325 (55.8)  
Place of residence
City 144 (71.6) NS 111 (73.0) NS 87 (64.0) NS 241 (74.2) NS 241 (74.2) NS 194 (74.6) NS 412 (69.0) NS 351 (70.6) NS 410 (70.4) NS
Other 57 (28.4)   41 (27.0)   49 (36.0)   84 (25.8)   84 (25.8)   66 (25.4)   185 (31)   146 (29.4)   172 (29.6)  
Chemosensitivity
Others 51 (25.4) NS 44 (28.9) NS 53 (39.0) 0.045 86 (26.5) 0.006 86 (26.5) 0.006 99 (38.1) <0.001 178 (29.8) 0.01 149 (30.0) 0.003 192 (33.0) 0.002
Sensitive 82 (40.8)   63 (41.4)   42 (30.9)   166 (51.1)   166 (51.1)   116 (44.6)   299 (50.1)   255 (51.3)   268 (46.0)  
Insensitive 68 (33.8)   45 (29.6)   41 (30.1)   73 (22.5)   73 (22.5)   45 (17.3)   120 (20.1)   93 (18.7)   122 (21.0)  
Chemotherapy
Oral CTx 10 (5.0) <0.001 14 (9.2) <0.001 17 (12.5) <0.001 20 (6.2) <0.001 20 (6.2) <0.001 26 (10) <0.001 138 (23.1) <0.001 125 (25.2) <0.001 89 (15.3) <0.001
IV CTx 191 (95.0)   138 (90.8)   119 (87.5)   305 (93.8)   305 (93.8)   234 (90)   459 (76.9)   372 (74.8)   493 (84.7)  
  1. Variables are expressed as n (%).
  2. NS, not significant.