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Table 3 Specific symptoms and associated bother

From: Self-assessed bowel toxicity after external beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer - predictive factors on irritative symptoms, incontinence and rectal bleeding

  time A (%) time B (%) time C (%) time D (%)
rectal urgency ≥once a day 19 45 19* 14*
uncontrolled leakage of stool ≥once a day 3 7 4* 4*
loose or liquid stools ≥rarely 53 75 58* 60*
bloody stools ≥rarely 5 17 9 13
painful bowel movements ≥rarely 22 46 36 30
>two daily bowel movements 10 31 18 17
crampy pain in the abdomen or rectum ≥once a day 1 15 6 5
moderate/big problem from:     
rectal urgency 6 32 16 13
increased frequency of bowel movements 4 30 16 11
watery bowel movements 2 19 11 6
losing control of stools 1 12 8 5
bloody stools 0 3 2 3
abdominal/rectal pain 4 18 13 8
bowel habits overall 6 30 17 13
  1. p < 0.01 for all comparisons relative to baseline scores at time A
  2. *difference not significant (χ2-test) in relation to baseline percentage (time A)