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Table 4 Breast cancer patients’ functioning and symptoms scores as measured by the EORTC QLQBR23 (n = 60, 30 in each group)

From: The effects of virgin coconut oil (VCO) as supplementation on quality of life (QOL) among breast cancer patients

  1st Chemotherapy cycle mean score (SD) 3rd Chemotherapy cycle mean score (SD) 4th Chemotherapy cycle mean score (SD) 5th Chemotherapy cycle mean score (SD) 6th Chemotherapy cycle mean score (SD)
  Intervention Control Intervention Control Intervention Control Intervention Control Intervention Control
Functioning*
Body image 64.52 73.93 67.75 68.70 67.18 75.02 72.66 71.75 75.59 68.72
(21.71) (23.25) (18.24) (24.24) (19.87) (17.71) (21.16) (18.23) (24.81) (18.91)
Sexual functioning 46.82 33.83 47.37 32.16 54.90 39.09 53.83 38.54 53.85 42.55
(31.23) (35.49) (30.26) (28.93) (28.97) (31.96) (27.58) (34.04) (28.85) (34.17)
Sexual enjoyment 34.43 27.59 25.85 19.55 19.33 24.14 22.60 25.28 20.44 27.59
(32.86) (37.91) (29.58) (30.31) (25.55) (30.81) (29.14) (30.49) (28.21) (31.04)
Future perspective 31.08 48.28 37.53 48.31 37.58 48.35 50.60 50.69 53.90 56.48
(24.30) (36.37) (25.54) (35.27) (22.49) (29.14) (25.80) (29.18) (22.42) (25.51)
Symptom+
Arm 24.72 17.99 25.43 19.53 27.23 24.51 27.94 22.97 27.94 24.88
(22.72) (18.39) (17.73) (21.13) (20.86) (22.29) (17.42) (16.51) (18.35) (17.97)
Breast 15.59 12.55 10.74 14.88 10.21 18.10 13.71 16.37 15.04 20.68
(17.58) (18.71) (11.82) (19.08) (8.26) (18.38) (9.76) (12.09) (12.61) (16.75)
Systematic therapy side effect 38.80 33.18 39.02 37.29 39.79 39.91 42.10 41.20 38.24 48.65
(19.99) (16.77) (14.73) (16.87) (13.99) (19.25) (17.99) (19.68) (18.83) (18.23)
Upset by hair loss 25.28 31.03 24.51 16.67 34.48 25.28 34.84 28.96 36.77 36.77
(30.13) (36.42) (24.73) (27.46) (31.48) (31.70) (24.45) (30.31) (28.82) (31.31)
  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.
  3. **Significant different, P <0.01;