Table 1

Baseline demographic and medical characteristics of all included patients (n=955)

Control group (n=469)Intervention group (n=486)
Age, years
 Mean (95% CI)63.6 (62.5 to 64.6)63.2 (62.2 to 64.3)
 Median6464
 Range21 to 9828 to 92
Sex, n (%)
 Male134 (28.6)133 (27.4)
 Female335 (71.4)353 (72.6)
Cancer type, n (%)
 Cancer of the breast206 (43.9)201 (41.4)
 Cancer of the lung69 (14.7)75 (15.4)
 Malignant melanoma44 (9.4)35 (7.2)
 Cancer of the rectum/anus33 (7.0)45 (9.3)
 Cancer of the colon29 (6.2)39 (8.0)
 Cancer of the ovaries12 (2.6)9 (1.9)
 Cancer of the bilary system7 (1.5)8 (1.6)
 Cancer of the brain6 (1.3)8 (1.6)
 Cancer of the prostate8 (1.7)3 (0.6)
 Cancer of the corpus uteri6 (1.3)5 (1.0)
 Myelomatosis6 (1.3)5 (1.0)
 Lymphoma3 (0.6)4 (0.8)
 Unspecified location16 (3.4)16 (3.3)
 Other diagnoses24 (5.1)33 (6.8)