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Table 3 Distribution of characteristics in patients with favorable 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 = 120) 60 (52) 60 (52)
 ≥66 years (N = 112) 56 (48) 56 (48)
Gender
 Female (N = 118) 59 (51) 59 (51)
 Male (N = 114) 57 (49) 57 (49)
ECOG Performance status
 1–2 (N = 192) 96 (83) 96 (83)
 3–4 (N = 40) 20 (17) 20 (17)
Type of primary tumor
 Breast cancer (N = 90) 45 (39) 45 (39)
 Prostate cancer (N = 86) 43 (37) 43 (37)
 Myeloma/lymphoma (N = 28) 14 (12) 14 (12)
 Lung cancer (N = 12) 6 (5) 6 (5)
 Unknown primary (N = 2) 1 (1) 1 (1)
 Other tumors (N = 14) 7 (6) 7 (6)
Involved vertebrae (n)
 1–2 (N = 104) 52 (45) 52 (45)
 ≥3 (N = 128) 64 (55) 64 (55)
Other bone metastases
 No (N = 124) 62 (53) 62 (53)
 Yes (N = 108) 54 (47) 54 (47)
Visceral metastases
 No (N = 212) 106 (91) 106 (91)
 Yes (N = 20) 10 (9) 10 (9)
Interval from tumor diagnosis to MESCC
 ≤ 15 months (N = 58) 29 (25) 29 (25)
 > 15 months (N = 174) 87 (75) 87 (75)
Pre-RT ambulatory status
 Not ambulatory (N = 28) 14 (12) 14 (12)
 Ambulatory (N = 204) 102 (88) 102 (88)
Time developing motor deficits
 1–7 days (N = 12) 6 (5) 6 (5)
 8–14 days (N = 40) 20 (17) 20 (17)
 > 14 days (N = 180) 90 (78) 90 (78)