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Table 1 Baseline patient characteristics (n = 25)

From: Palliative radiotherapy for painful lymph node metastases

Characteristic No %
Age, years
Median 66  
Range 36–84  
Sex
Female 13 52
Male 12 48
ECOG performance status
0 4 16
1 10 40
2 7 28
3 4 16
4 0 0
Interval from first tumor diagnosis to radiotherapy, months
Median 15  
Range 0–239  
Primary site of the tumors
Lung 5 20
Gastrointestinal system 6 24
Gynecological system 6 24
Head and neck 2 8
Urogenital system 2 8
Breast 2 8
Other 2 8
Location of the lymph node metastases (n = 30)
Neck 4 13
Supraclavicular region 5 17
Axilla 2 7
Chest 4 13
Abdomen 5 17
Pelvis 8 27
Inguinal region 2 7
Worst pain score at baseline
0–2 0 0
3–4 4 16
5–7 10 40
8–10 11 44
Neuropathic component of index pain
No 17 68
Yes 8 32
Non-index pain of malignant or unknown origin at baseline
No 23 92
Yes 2 8
Opioid analgesic use at baseline
No 9 36
Yes 16 64
Total radiation dose, Gy
Median 30  
Range 8–60  
 ≤ 10 2 8
10–20 2 8
20–30 10 40
30–40 6 24
 > 40 5 20
Concurrent systemic therapy
Chemotherapy 8 32
Targeted or immune-based therapy 3 12
None 14 56
  1. ECOG, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group