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Table 2 Results from 833 men asked about intrusive thoughts about prostate cancer or its treatment and symptoms of quality of life before and 3 months after surgery for prostate cancer

From: Intrusive thoughts and quality of life among men with prostate cancer before and three months after surgery

 Questions and response categories Before surgery 3 months after surgery
How often in the past month have you had negative thoughts about your prostate cancer, suddenly and unintentionally? Frequency (%) Frequency (%)
  Never 226 (27) 338 (41)
  Less than once a week 299 (36) 304 (37)
  At least once a week 127 (15) 105 (13)
  At least three times a week 71 (9) 46 (6)
  At least once a day 63 (8) 30 (4)
  At least three times a day 32 (4) 6 (1)
  At least seven times a day 11 (1) 2 (0)
  Not indicated 4 (00) 2 (0)
How often in the past month have you had positive thoughts about your prostate cancer, suddenly and unintentionally?
  Never 493 (59) 375 (45)
  Less than once a week 130 (16) 183 (22)
  At least once a week 94 (11) 126 (15)
  At least three times a week 54 (7) 79 (10)
  At least once a day 38 (5) 47 (6)
  At least three times a day 11 (1) 9 (1)
  At least seven times a day 2 (0) 6 (1)
  Not indicated 11 (1) 8 (1)
How intrusive have you experienced the sudden thoughts, positive as well as negative, about your prostate cancer?
  Not relevant, did not have any 190 (23) 242 (29)
  Not intrusive at all 210 (25) 318 (38)
  A little bit intrusive 256 (31) 182 (22)
  Moderately intrusive 112 (14) 70 (8)
  Very intrusive 60 (7.) 15 (2)
  Not indicated 5 (1) 6 (1)
How would you describe your quality of life during the past month?
  No quality of life = 0 1 (0) 1 (0)
  1 15 (2) 8 (1)
  2 37 (4) 46 (6)
  3 107 (13) 133 (16)
  4 215 (26) 261 (31)
  5 299 (36) 269 (32)
  Best possible quality of life = 6 157 (19) 113 (14)
  Not indicated 2 (0) 2 (0)
Have you, sometime during night, woken up with nervousness, anxiety or feeling of discomfort during the past month?
  No 431 (52) 552 (66)
  Yes, but more seldom than once a week 169 (20) 153 (18)
  Yes, at least once a week 111 (13) 67 (8)
  Yes, at least three times a week 82 (10) 41 (5)
  Yes, every night 35 (4) 20 (2)
  Not indicated 5 (1) 0 (0)
Have you been feeling depressive during the past month?
  Never = 0 135 (16) 236 (28)
  1 220 (26) 225 (27)
  2 156 (19) 131 (16)
  3 131 (16) 103 (12)
  4 119 (14) 87 (10)
  5 59 (7) 45 (5)
  All the time = 6 9 (1) 5 (1)
  Not indicated 4 (1) 1 (0)