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Table 1 Background characteristics of the family members in the study group and the patients

From: The meaning and validation of social support networks for close family of persons with advanced cancer

  Family members Patients
All (n = 17) All (n = 17)
n (%) n (%)
Family members’ characteristics
Age
Mean years (range) 56 (31–77)  
Up to 65 years  9 (53)  
From 66 years  8 (47)  
Gender
Female 13 (76)  
Male  4 (24)  
Own children
Small children or teenagers  6 (65)  
Adult children or grandchildren 11 (35)  
Living situation
Sharing household with the person with cancer 10 (59)  
Separate household  7 (41)  
Relationship to the person with cancer
Partner (five wives, three husbands)  8 (47)  
Cohabitant  2 (12)  
Grown child (four daughters, one son)  5 (29)  
Other relative (one ex-partner, one uncle)  2 (12)  
Education
Upper secondary and above 10 (59)  
Less than upper secondary  7 (41)  
Work status   
Currently working 11 (65)  
Retired  4 (23)  
Student  1 (6)  
On sick leave  1 (6)  
Patients’ clinical characteristics   
Age
Mean years (range)   65 (35–88)
Up to 65 years   12 (71)
From 66 years    5 (29)
Gender
Female    7 (41)
Male   10 (59)
Type of cancer
Lung   10 (59)
Pancreas    5 (29)
Stomach    2 (12)
Cancer treatment
On-going chemotherapy   17 (100)
Radiation treatment    1 (6)
Surgical therapy #    2 (12)
  1. # One had undergone surgical therapy and one was in preparation for it.