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Table 2 Factors affecting physicians’ decision for treatment of geriatric patients

From: Cancer physicians’ attitude towards treatment of the elderly cancer patient in a developed Asian country

Factor Number of physicians listing as the most important single factor Percentage
Performance status 30 53%
Type of Cancer 13 23%
Patient’s decision 6 11%
Age 3 5%
Factor Number of physicians listing as one of the top 5 factors Percentage
Performance status 54 95%
Co-morbidities 43 75%
Type of Cancer 43 75%
Stage of Cancer 43 75%
Patient’s decision 30 53%
Age 29 51%
Will physicians be less inclined to treat the patients if they were older?
Yes 41 72%
No 16 28%
Age Threshold for treatment (amongst physicians who were less inclined to treat older patients, n = 41)
65–74 years old 8 20%
75–84 years old 14 34%
85 years old and above 19 46%