Table 2: All documented symptoms prior to different palliative treatment decisions. (Due to the small numbers, only documented symptoms at the time of first- and second-line chemotherapy and best supportive care decision are displayed).

SymptomFirst-line palliative chemotherapy
( 𝑛 = 5 0 )
Second-line palliative chemotherapy
( 𝑛 = 2 8 )
Best supportive care
( 𝑛 = 4 8 )
Symptom prevalenceSymptom prevalenceSymptom prevalence

Pain25 (50%)23 (82%)38 (79%)
Breathlessness10 (20%)11 (40%)21 (44%)
Nausea and vomiting11 (22%)5 (18%)17 (35%)
Fatigue9 (18%)5 (18%)16 (33%)
Constipation6 (12%)2 (7%)8 (17%)
Cough3 (6%)3 (11%)9 (19%)
Feeling bloated9 (18%)2 (7%)3 (6%)
Weight loss6 (12%)0 (0%)1 (2%)
Low appetite4 (8%)0 (0%)9 (19%)
Diarrhoea1 (2%)0 (0%)4 (8%)
Dry mouth1 (2%)1 (4%)3 (6%)
Trouble sleeping2 (4%)0 (0%)4 (8%)
Numbness/tingling in hands/feet0 (0%)1 (4%)3 (6%)
Problems with urination2 (4%)0 (0%)2 (4%)
Sweats0 (0%)0 (0%)1 (2%)