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Table 4 Correlations between global health status/QOL scores and functional and symptom scales of EORTC QLQ-C30

From: A longitudinal study of gender differences in quality of life among Japanese patients with lower rectal cancer treated with sphincter-saving surgery: a 1-year follow-up

  EORTC C30
  Functional scales Symptom scales/items (#)
Physical functioning Role functioning Emotional functioning Cognitive functioning Social functioning Fatigue Nausea and vomiting Pain Dyspnea Insomnia Appetite loss Constipation Diarrhea Financial difficulties
  Men R 0.306 0.484 0.733 0.334 0.726 −0.604 −0.070 −0.479 −0.351 −0.561 −0.258 −0.270 −0.168 −0.528
Before Surgery   p 0.049 0.001 <0.001 0.031 <0.001 <0.001 0.658 0.001 0.023 <0.001 0.099 0.084 0.287 <0.001
Women R 0.543 0.680 0.779 0.516 0.646 −0.710 −0.017 −0.418 −0.283 −0.303 −0.365 −0.093 −0.393 −0.482
   p 0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.002 <0.001 <0.001 0.927 0.015 0.111 0.087 0.037 0.607 0.024 0.005
1 month after surgery Men R 0.603 0.709 0.741 0.555 0.659 −0.642 −0.238 −0.656 −0.309 −0.524 −0.465 −0.082 −0.324 −0.336
  p <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.129 <0.001 0.046 <0.001 0.002 0.608 0.036 0.029
Women R 0.561 0.579 0.680 0.342 0.658 −0.784 −0.175 −0.354 −0.018 −0.669 −0.590 −0.099 −0.183 −0.436
  p 0.002 <0.001 <0.001 0.052 <0.001 <0.001 0.329 0.043 0.920 <0.001 <0.001 0.583 0.307 0.011
6 months after surgery Men R 0.650 0.672 0.479 0.548 0.525 −0.692 −0.082 −0.589 −0.252 −0.456 −0.249 −0.414 −0.109 −0.365
  p <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.608 <0.001 0.107 0.002 0.112 0.006 0.490 0.017
Women R 0.374 0.308 0.304 0.106 0.313 −0.611 −0.132 −0.168 −0.179 −0.290 −0.294 −0.176 −0.031 −0.314
  p 0.032 0.081 0.085 0.558 0.077 0.001 0.464 0.350 0.319 0.102 0.097 0.326 0.864 0.076
12 months after surgery Men R 0.650 0.672 0.479 0.548 0.525 −0.692 −0.082 −0.589 −0.252 −0.456 −0.249 −0.414 −0.109 −0.365
  p <0.001 <0.001 0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.608 <0.001 0.107 0.002 0.112 0.006 0.490 0.017
Women R 0.469 0.328 0.338 0.335 0.532 −0.601 −0.405 −0.128 −0.053 −0.404 −0.470 −0.137 −0.091 −0.567
  p 0.006 0.063 0.054 0.057 0.001 <0.001 0.019 0.478 0.771 0.020 0.006 0.447 0.614 0.002