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Table 2 Distribution of characteristics in patients with intermediate survival prognoses

From: 1x8 Gy versus 5x4 Gy for metastatic epidural spinal cord compression: a matched-pair study of three prognostic patient subgroups

  8 Gy × 1
N patients (%)
4 Gy × 5
N patients (%)
Age
 ≤65 years (N = 30) 15 (35) 15 (35)
 ≥66 years (N = 56) 28 (65) 28 (65)
Gender
 Female (N = 26) 13 (30) 13 (30)
 Male (N = 60) 30 (70) 30 (70)
ECOG Performance status
 1–2 (N = 32) 16 (37) 16 (37)
 3–4 (N = 54) 27 (63) 27 (63)
Type of primary tumor
 Breast cancer (N = 12) 6 (14) 6 (14)
 Prostate cancer (N = 34) 17 (40) 17 (40)
 Myeloma/lymphoma (N = 4) 2 (5) 2 (5)
 Lung cancer (N = 12) 6 (14) 6 (14)
 Unknown primary (N = 4) 2 (5) 2 (5)
 Other tumors (N = 20) 10 (23) 10 (23)
Involved vertebrae (n)
 1–2 (N = 34) 17 (40) 17 (40)
 ≥3 (N = 52) 26 (60) 26 (60)
Other bone metastases
 No (N = 34) 17 (40) 17 (40)
 Yes (N = 52) 26 (60) 26 (60)
Visceral metastases
 No (N = 50) 25 (58) 25 (58)
 Yes (N = 36) 18 (42) 18 (42)
Interval from tumor diagnosis to MESCC
 ≤ 15 months (N = 44) 22 (51) 22 (51)
 > 15 months (N = 42) 21 (49) 21 (49)
Pre-RT ambulatory status
 Not ambulatory (N = 44) 22 (51) 22 (51)
 Ambulatory (N = 42) 21 (49) 21 (49)
Time developing motor deficits
 1–7 days (N = 24) 12 (28) 12 (28)
 8–14 days (N = 24) 12 (28) 12 (28)
 > 14 days (N = 38) 19 (44) 19 (44)