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Table 1 Demographic and clinical features of 485 surveyed patients with thyroid cancer

From: Thyroid cancer patients satisfaction at the management outcome: an analysis of the results of a nationwide survey in 485 subjects

  All (n = 485) Females (n = 429) Males (n = 56)
Age, yr 43.4 ± 9.9 43.0 ± 9.7 46.4 ± 10.6*
Age at diagnosis, yr 37.5 ± 10.3 37.1 ± 10.1 41.0 ± 11.0*
Time of evolution, yr 4 (2–7) 4 (2–8) 4 (2–7)
Education
 Primary or secondary 244 (50.3) 216 (50.3) 28 (50.0)
 University 241 (49.7) 213 (49.7) 28 (50.0)
Tumor type
 Papillary 382 (78.8) 338 (78.8) 44 (78.6)
 Follicular 40 (8.2) 37 (8.6) 3 (5.4)
 Medullary 27 (5.6) 21 (4.9) 6 (10.7)
 Other 18 (3.7) 17 (4.0) 1 (1.8)
 Unknown 18 (3.7) 16 (3.7) 2 (3.6)
Tumor extension at diagnosis
 Thyroid 247 (50.9) 221 (51.5) 26 (46.4)
 Thyroid and lymph nodes 206 (42.5) 181 (42.2) 25 (44.6)
 Distant metastases 23 (4.7) 19 (4.4) 4 (7.1)
 Unknown 9 (1.9) 8 (1.9) 1 (1.8)
Type of hospital
 Private 81 (16.7) 67 (15.6) 14 (25.0)
 Public 367 (75.7) 328 (76.5) 39 (69.6)
 Both 37 (7.6) 34 (7.9) 3 (5.4)
Radioiodine
 No 91 (18.8) 79 (18.4) 12 (21.4)
 1 dose 269 (55.5) 245 (57.1) 24 (42.9)
 2 doses 92 (19.0) 78 (18.2) 14 (25.0)
 More than 2 doses 31 (6.4) 25 (5.8) 6 (10.7)
 Unknown 2 (0.4) 2 (0.5) 0 (0)
Medications
 Levothyroxine 481 (99.2) 425 (99.1) 56 (100)
 Calcium salts 150 (30.9) 138 (32.2) 12 (21.4)
 Active vitamin D 81 (16.7) 75 (17.5) 6 (10.7)
 Tyrosine-kinase inhibitors 12 (2.5) 7 (1.6) 5 (8.9)**
Disease situation at the time of survey
 Cured 252 (52.0) 233 (54.3) 19 (33.9)**
 Not cured, no need of therapy 175 (36.1) 150 (35.0) 25 (44.6)
 Not cured, in need of therapy 58 (12.0) 46 (10.7) 12 (21.4)
Chronic complications
 Local discomfort or pain 186 (38.4) 158 (36.8) 28 (50.0)
 Hypoparathyroidism 152 (31.3) 140 (32.6) 12 (21.4)
 Dry mouth 148 (30.5) 132 (30.8) 16 (28.6)
 Dysphonia 146 (30.1) 123 (28.7) 23 (41.1)
 Neck mobility problems 92 (19.0) 80 (18.6) 12 (21.4)
 Dysgeusia 62 (12.8) 58 (13.5) 4 (7.1)
 Other 156 (32.2) 134 (31.2) 22 (39.3)
  1. Data are the mean ± SD or the median (interquartile range) for quantitative variables, and the number (percentage) for categorical variables
  2. *P < 0.05; **P < 0.01
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