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Table 4 Median values for the scales of the QLQ-BR23 by groups of patients and in relation to the time elapsed after the surgery

From: The quality of life of Croatian women after mastectomy: a cross-sectional single-center study

QLQ-BR23 Median (95% CI of median) p*
N 1 month after surgery** N 1 year after surgery** Total**
 Body image functioning 50 62.5 (33.3–77.1) 51 66.67 (66.6–83.1) 66.67 (58.3–72.7) 0.106
 Sexual functioning 50 16.67 (0–16.7) 49 16.67 (0–33.3) 16.67 (0–16.7) 0.388
 Sexual enjoyment 34 0 (0–33.3) 29 33.33 (0–33.3) 33.33 (8.3–33.3) 0.008
 Future health function 49 0 (0–100) 51 33.33 (0–100) 33.33 (33.3–33.3) 0.003
Functional scale total 50 38.1 (20.8–58.3) 51 54.17 (39.8–56.1) 50 (37.5–54.2) 0.006
 Systemic therapy side effects 50 38.1 (23.8–47.6) 51 19.05 (14.3–26.4) 23.81 (19.04–33.3) 0.001
 Breast symptoms 50 33.33 (25–50) 51 16.67 (16.7–25) 25 (16.7–33.3) 0.008
 Arm symptoms 50 44.44 (33.3–55.6) 51 22.22 (11.1–33.3) 33.33 (22.2–44.4) 0.001
 Hair loss 26 66.67 (33.3–100) 22 33.33 (11.1–33.3) 66.67 (33.3–66.7) 0.057
Symptom scale total 50 36.75 (25.4–63.8) 51 21.43 (17.8–35.6) 26.67 (27.1–44.0) < 0.001
  1. *Mann-Whitney U test
  2. **Higher score on the functional scale correlates to a higher (better) functional level; min: 0, max: 100
  3. Higher score on the symptom scale represents a higher (worse) level of symptoms; min: 0, max: 100