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Table 8 Differences between younger (< 60, n = 263) and older (≥ 60, n = 330) patients in rankings of symptoms with the highest occurrence, severity, frequency, and distress ratings

From: Differences in the symptom experience of older versus younger oncology outpatients: a cross-sectional study

OCCURRENCE RATINGS
Rank < 60 ≥ 60
Symptom % of patients Symptom % of patients
1 Lack of energy 81.7 Lack of energy 69.1
2 Pain 73.0 Pain 57.0
3 Feeling drowsy 65.0 Feeling drowsy 53.6
4 Difficulty sleeping 63.9 Difficulty sleeping 44.8
5 Worrying 57.8 Dry mouth 42.1
6 Difficulty concentrating 57.0 Difficulty concentrating 37.0
7 Feeling sad 52.1 Problems with urination 36.1
8 Feeling irritable 51.7 Cough 35.5
9 Sweats 45.2 Shortness of breath 32.1
10 Dry mouth 43.7 Worrying 32.1
    Feeling irritable 32.1
SEVERITY RATINGS
Rank Symptom Mean score Symptom Mean score
1 Problems with sexual interest 2.50 Problems with sexual interest 2.72
2 Hair loss 2.38 Hair loss 2.37
3 Constipation 2.38 Constipation 2.19
4 Difficulty sleeping 2.23 Difficulty sleeping 2.16
5 Swelling of arms or legs 2.19 Lack of energy 2.13
6 Lack of energy 2.15 Pain 2.12
7 Sweats 2.14 Swelling of arms or legs 2.09
8 I don’t look like myself 2.14 Problems with urination 2.01
9 Worrying 2.10 Shortness of breath 2.00
10 Pain 2.08 Lack of appetite 2.00
FREQUENCY RATINGS
Rank Symptom Mean score Symptom Mean score
1 Problems with sexual interest 2.86 Problems with sexual interest 2.89
2 Hair loss 2.85 Hair loss 2.85
3 Lack of energy 2.82 Lack of energy 2.74
4 Changes in skin 2.77 Swelling of arms or legs 2.70
5 Difficulty sleeping 2.70 Numbness/tingling in hands/feet 2.68
6 Swelling of arms or legs 2.67 Lack of appetite 2.64
7 I don’t look like myself 2.67 Difficulty sleeping 2.63
8 Dry mouth 2.66 Pain 2.62
9 Pain 2.64 Problems with urination 2.61
10 Numbness/tingling in hands/feet 2.63 Changes in taste 2.60
DISTRESS RATINGS
Rank Symptom Mean score Symptom Mean score
1 Constipation 2.09 Problems with sexual interest 2.03
2 Problems with sexual interest 2.08 Constipation 1.80
3 Lack of energy 2.04 Problems with urination 1.70
4 Pain 2.01 Pain 1.69
5 Difficulty sleeping 2.01 Difficulty sleeping 1.66
6 Worrying 1.93 Lack of energy 1.64
7 I don’t look like myself 1.89 Difficulty swallowing 1.63
8 Feeling sad 1.87 Swelling of arms or legs 1.58
9 Feeling bloated 1.85 Shortness of breath 1.47
10 Nausea 1.84 Worrying 1.46