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Table 3 Frequencies of reported problems (%)

From: Distress, anxiety and depression in patients with brain metastases before and after radiotherapy

  TG CG
  T0 T1 T2 T3 T0 T1 T2 T3
  n = 67 n = 48 n = 34 n = 34 n = 32 n = 27 n = 26 n = 29
Practical things         
Housing 6 4 3 0 9 1 0 3
Insurance/ financial 6 2 3 0 9 7 4 7
Work/ school 2 5 3 9 3 7 8 10
Transportation 11 11 18 17 3 0 0 0
Childcare 2 2 4 0 0 4 4 3
Family Problems         
Significant others 8 6 12 9 1 22 20 14
Dealing with children 2 2 3 5 13 4 0 7
Emotional         
Concerns 56 49 59 59 66 56 58 52
Fears 62 54 53 78 59 41 50 55
Sadness 53 52 55 64 56 30 38 48
Depression 28 32 29 35 22 19 35 28
Nervousness 40 33 32 35 31 26 42 39
Spirituality         
God 5 2 6 4 3 3 0 0
Atheism 5 7 3 9 9 9 0 0
Physical problems         
Pain 41 46 31 35 44 41 58 62
Nausea 6 35 28 39 13 19 12 7
Fatigue 55 72 63 83 66 52 62 66
Sleep disorder 37 46 39 39 63 59 58 61
Movement 42 52 47 67 38 48 50 28
Washing/ Bathing 16 17 12 21 3 19 0 0
Appearance 18 23 15 21 22 19 8 10
Breathing 30 34 38 39 28 22 8 31
Mucositis 9 15 9 13 6 7 12 17
Eating 10 40 39 38 6 4 4 0
Digestion 22 27 18 29 19 7 8 17
Constipation 21 27 25 33 16 4 15 21
Diarrhea 11 15 9 17 13 19 4 7
Changes in urination 16 4 12 17 13 19 12 3
Fever 6 4 0 4 0 4 4 7
Itchy skin 20 44 24 52 38 19 27 38
Running nose 20 27 32 39 34 22 15 34
Tingling in hands/ feet 29 33 26 39 38 48 58 55
Edema 25 29 18 17 25 19 23 17
Sexual problems 23 25 26 48 16 22 23 18
  1. Abbreviations: T0 = before RT, T1 = 6 weeks after RT, T2, T3 = 3, 6 months after RT.