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Table 1 Characteristics of patients scheduled for neoadjuvant cancer treatment and surgery

From: Physical activity levels in locally advanced rectal cancer patients following neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and an exercise training programme before surgery: a pilot study

  Exercise (n = 23) Control (n = 10) p value
Age (year)* 64 (45–82) 72 (62–84) 0.015
Gender M:F (%) 15 (65): 8 (35) 8 (80): 2 (20) 0.710
Past medical historya 10 (44) 5 (50) 0.617
 Heart failure 3 (13) 1 (10)  
 Diabetes 2 (9) 1 (10)  
 Ischaemic heart disease 5 (22) 3 (30)  
 Cerebrovascular disease 0 0  
ASAb    0.003
 I 11 (48) 0  
 II 10 (44) 9 (90)  
 III 2 (9) 1 (10)  
WHO performance statusb    0.035
 0 18 (78) 0  
 1 5 (22) 9 (90)  
 2 0 1 (10)  
  1. Values presented as mean (range). Participants who dropped out of the study are not included in participant characteristics
  2. aFrequencies with percentages in parentheses, smoking status assessed as currently smoking: yes (1) vs no (0)
  3. bNumber of patients (%) WHO performance status and ASA physical status
  4. *p < 0.05 was taken as statistically significant