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Table 1 Patient characteristics at baseline

From: Quality of life, fatigue and local response of patients with unstable spinal bone metastases under radiation therapy - a prospective trial

  n %
Age (years)   
 Mean (SD) 64.3 (9.6)  
Gender   
 Male 20 66.7
 Female 10 33.3
Karnofsky PS (median, range) 80 (60–90)  
Primary site   
 Lung 14 46.7
 Breast 7 23.3
 Prostate 3 10.0
 Kidney 1 3.3
 Other 5 16.7
Site of spinal metastases  
 Thoracic 18 60.0
 Lumbar 12 40.0
Number metastases  
 Mean (range) 2.8 (1–11)  
 Solitary 13 43.3
 Multiple 17 56.7
Concomitant metastases at baseline  
 Visceral 12 40.0
 Brain 3 10.0
 Lung 7 23.3
 Tissue 8 26.7
Surgical corset 16 53.3
Bisphosphonates before RT 28 93.3
Antihormonal therapy before RT 3 10.0
Chemotherapy before RT 20 66.7
Pathological fractures at baseline 4 13.3
  1. SD Standard deviation, RT Radiotherapy.