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Table 4 Breast cancer patients' pre-diagnosis and follow-ups functioning and symptoms scores as measured by the EORTC QLQ-BR23* (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
  Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)  
Functioning     
Body image 86.2 (18.8) 61.4 (34.4) 60.8 (34.4) <0.001
Sexual functioning 82.3 (22.4) 74.5 (21.9) 67.7 (26.4) <0.001
Sexual enjoyment 51.6 (25.3) 46.6 (25.1) 23.3 (28.8) <0.001
Future perspective 29.9 (29.5) 36.0 (26.4) 36.7 (29.1) <0.001
Symptoms+     
Arm symptoms 7.7 (13.3) 17.2 (16.5) 24.8 (20.2) <0.001
Breast symptoms 15.6 (15.0) 10.2 (14.0) 6.5 (9.7) <0.001
Systematic therapy side effects 15.7 (11.8) 29.2 (17.5) 18.0 (13.7) <0.001
Upset by hair loss 0.00 38.9 (38.9) 50.0 (18.2) 0.003
  1. * Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores representing a higher level of functioning.
  2. + Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores representing a higher level of symptoms.