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Table 4 Physicians’ reasons for not recommending adjuvant chemotherapy to patients diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in Alberta between 2002 and 2005

From: Reasons physicians do not recommend and patients refuse adjuvant chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer: a population based chart review

Single Reason n (%) Multiple Reasons n (%)
Co-morbidity only 38 (34) Co-morbidity and age 11 (10)
Frailty only 8 (7) Co-morbidity and frailty 7 (6)
Age only 6 (5) Co-morbidity and other reason 6 (6)
Complication of surgery* 12 (11) Age and frailty 8 (7)
Disease progression 7 (6) Other - multiple reasons 3 (3)
Other - single reason 5 (5)    
Total 76 (68) Total 35 (32)
  1. *Either surgical or medical complication of surgery described in Table 1.