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Table 2 Effects of baseline characteristics and skin conditions bothered by skin symptoms and signs in patients

From: Radiation-irritated skin and hyperpigmentation may impact the quality of life of breast cancer patients after whole breast radiotherapy

Factor Yes No p-value*#
a
Bother of dry skin
Sweating in the radiation field    0.0042*
 Absent sweating and hotness 102 (71.83) 40 (28.17)
 Absent sweating 89 (47.09) 100 (52.91)
 Normal 20 (22.22) 70 (77.78)
Dryness in the radiation field    <.0001*
 Dry skin and itchy 142 (77.17) 42 (22.83)
 Dry skin 66 (42.31) 90 (57.69)
 Normal 3 (3.70) 78 (96.30)
Seasonal skin irritation    0.0796
 Yes 138 (72.25) 53 (27.75)
 No 73 (31.74) 157 (68.26)
History of post-RT severe skin disorder    0.0193*
 Yes 57 (75.00) 19 (25.00)
 No 154 (44.64) 191 (55.36)
Skin color deposition    <.0001*
 Severe 82 (73.21) 30 (26.79)
 Mild 111 (49.55) 113 (50.45)
 None 18 (21.18) 67 (78.82)
Interval after radiotherapy, months    0.1609
  < 1 22 (50.00) 22 (50.00)
 1–6 53 (48.62) 56 (51.38)
 6–12 53 (58.24) 38 (41.76)
 12–24 48 (51.61) 45 (48.39)
  > 24 35 (41.67) 49 (58.33)
b
Depression due to the skin problems
Interval after radiotherapy, months    0.0446*
  < 1 7 (15.91) 37 (84.09)
 1–6 21 (19.27) 88 (80.73)
 6–12 19 (20.88) 72 (79.12)
 12–24 24 (25.81) 69 (74.19)
  > 24 18 (21.43) 66 (78.57)
Sweating in the radiation field    0.0002*
 Absent sweating and hotness 52 (36.62) 90 (63.38)
 Absent sweating 29 (15.34) 160 (84.66)
 Normal 8 (8.89) 82 (91.11)
Dryness in the radiation field    0.1349
 Dry skin and itch 48 (26.09) 136 (73.91)
 Dry skin 35 (22.44) 121 (77.56)
 Normal 6 (7.41) 75 (92.59)
Skin color deposition    0.0008*
 Severe 38 (33.93) 74 (66.07)
 Mild 47 (20.98) 177 (79.02)
 None 4 (4.71) 81 (95.29)
  1. Abbreviation: RT, Radiotherapy
  2. *: A p-value less than 0.05 indicates that the factor affects the bother of skin symptoms
  3. #: Wald chi-square test
  4. *: A p-value less than 0.05 indicates that the factor affects the bother of skin symptoms
  5. #: Wald chi-square test
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