Table 3: The documentation of symptoms. (Due to the small numbers, only the three commonest documented symptoms at the time of first- and second-line chemotherapy and best supportive care decision are shown here).

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

Pain documented as:
 Present controlled15 (30%)19 (68%)15 (31%)
 Present uncontrolled10 (20%)4 (14%)23 (48%)
 Absent documented15 (30%)2 (7%)7 (15%)
 Not recorded10 (20%)3 (11%)3 (6%)
Breathlessness documented as:
 Present controlled7 (14%)10 (36%)6 (13%)
 Present uncontrolled3 (6%)1 (4%)15 (31%)
 Absent documented20 (40%)8 (28%)20 (43%)
 Not recorded20 (40%)9 (32%)7 (15%)
Nausea and Vomiting documented as:
 Present controlled8 (16%)4 (14%)15 (31%)
 Present uncontrolled3 (6%)1 (4%)2 (4%)
 Absent documented21 (42%)15 (54%)21 (44%)
 Not recorded18 (36%)8 (28%)10 (21%)