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Table 1 Demographic and medical characteristics of study participants

From: Characteristics and quality of life of patients presenting to cancer support centres: patient rated outcomes and use of complementary therapies

Variable n = 95 Variable n = 95
Demographic profile   Medical profile  
Gender   Cancer site  
  Male 33 (34.7%)   Breast 22 (23.2%)
  Female 62 (65.2%)   Gynaecological 11 (11.6%)
Age (±SD; range) 60.49 (12.65; 28–87)   Colorectal 9 (9.5%)
  25-34 1 (1.1%)   Prostate 8 (8.4%)
  35-44 10 (10.5%)   Kidney 4 (4.2%)
  45-54 23 (24.2%)   Lung 6 (6.3%)
  55-64 20 (21.1%)   Haematological 7 (7.4%)
  65-74 28 (29.5%)   Head and neck 6 (6.5%)
  75+ 13 (13.7%)   Brain 6 (6.3%)
Employment     Melanomas 4 (4.2%)
  Not employed 13 (13.7%)   Pancreatic 3 (3.2%)
  Casual 5 (5.3%)   Bone 3 (3.2%)
  Part time 10 (10.5%)   Stomach 1 (1.1%)
  Full time 3 (3.2%)   Don’t know 5 (5.3%)
  Sick Leave 19 (20.0%) Allied health professionals consulted  
  Months on sick leave (±SD; range) 6.55 (4.17; 0.5-16)   Psychologist/counsellors 23 (24.2%)
  Retired 45 (47.4%)   Physiotherapy/chiropractic 13 (13.7%)
  Retired since diagnosis 19 (20%)   Yoga/pilates/exercise 11 (11.6%)
Physical activity level n = 92   Medical specialist 11 (11.6%)
  Low 48 (52.2%)   Support group 10 (10.5%)
  Moderate 36 (39.1%)   Naturopath/herbalist 10 (10.5%)
  High 8 (8.7%)   Dietician/nutritionist 8 (8.4%)
Days of activity   Supplement use 62 (65.9%)
  < 5 days a week 46 (50%)   Self-selected 27 (28.4%)
  ≥ 5 days a week 46 (50%)   Prescribed 23 (24.2%)
     Self-selected and prescribed 12 (12.6%)
     Don’t know 1 (1.1%)