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Table 4 Patient-nominated Physical Complaints During and After Grade 4 Episodes of Chemotherapy-induced Neutropenia

From: Experiencing neutropenia: Quality of life interviews with adult cancer patients

Patient-nominated Physical Complaint Frequency Per Interview (N = 100) n (%) Frequency Per Patient (N = 34) n (%)
Tired, fatigued, exhausted, weak, feeling "drained" 69 (69%) 31 (91%)
Sleep interruption (eg, onset insomnia, waking) 19 (19%) 14 (41%)
Muscle aches, feeling achy, swollen joints 16 (16%) 13 (38%)
Pain 15 (15%) 10 (29%)
Cough, sore throat, mucous in throat, problems swallowing 10 (10%) 8 (24%)
Reduced sexual activity (eg, too tired for sex) 9 (9%) 6 (18%)
Change in taste of foods 7 (7%) 6 (18%)
Decreased appetite 7 (7%) 7 (21%)
Diarrhea 7 (7%) 6 (18%)
Stomach upset, cramping 7 (7%) 7 (21%)
Mouth Sores 6 (6%) 6 (18%)
Nausea 5 (5%) 5 (15%)
Skin problems (rash, skin breaking out, dry skin) 5 (5%) 3 (9%)
  1. Note: Thirty-four patients completed 100 interviews with each patient contributing between 1 and 4 interviews. To be included in the table, the complaint had to have been nominated within at least 5% of the interviews.