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Table 3 Breast cancer patients' pre-diagnosis and follow-ups symptoms scores as measured by the EORTC QLQ-C30* (n = 99)

From: Quality of life in patients with breast cancer before and after diagnosis: an eighteen months follow-up study

  Baseline assessment 3 months follow-up 18 months follow-up P
Symptoms Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)  
Fatigue 17.0 (19.4) 31.0 (25.4) 36.0 (21.8) <0.001
Nausea and vomiting 1.7 (7.3) 29.3 (30.5) 2.5 (10.7) <0.001
Pain 4.5 (9.7) 4.5 (10.6) 15.3 (21.0) <0.001
Dyspnea 5.7 (14.3) 8.7 (16.2) 14.8 (21.9) <0.001
Sleep difficulties 27.5 (30.2) 25.2 (30.3) 26.9 (27.3) <0.001
Appetite loss 20.9 (29.2) 35.7 (32.4) 6.7 (18.4) <0.001
Constipation 2.3 (9.8) 9.1 (19.5) 10.1 (19.9) <0.001
Diarrhea 0.33 (3.3) 2.0 (9.3) 1.0 (5.7) 0.003
Financial difficulties 17.7 (25.8) 22.1 (27.0) 23.1 (28.5) <0.001
  1. *The higher values indicate a greater degree of symptoms, min: 0, max: 100