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Table 2 Some unmet supportive care needs of individual item of SCNS-SF 34 among the study sample

From: Most prevalent unmet supportive care needs and quality of life of breast cancer patients in a tertiary hospital in Malaysia

Some unmet supportive care needs N (%)
 Pain 65 (55.6)
 Lack of energy/tiredness 67 (57.3)
 Feeling unwell a lot of the time 68 (58.1)
 Work around the home 45 (38.5)
 Not being able to do the things you used to do 43 (36.8)
 Anxiety 65 (55.6)
 Feeling down or depressed 76 (65.0)
 Feelings of sadness 81 (69.2)
 Fears about the cancer spreading 89 (76.1)
 Worry that the results of treatment are beyond your control 76 (65.0)
 Uncertainty about the future 92 (78.6)
 Learning to feel in control of your situation 55 (47.0)
 Keeping a positive outlook 60 (51.3)
 Feelings about death and dying 80 (68.4)
 Concerns about the worries of those close to you 76 (65.0)
 Changes in sexual feelings 40 (34.2)
 Changes in your sexual relationships 41 (35.0)
 Being given information about sexual relationships 25 (21.4)
Patient Care  
 More choice about which cancer specialists you see 53 (45.3)
 More choice about which hospital you attend 42 (35.9)
 Reassurance by medical staff that the way you feel is normal 38 (32.5)
 Hospital staff attending promptly to your physical needs 35 (29.9)
 Hospital staff acknowledging, and showing sensitivity to, your feelings and emotional needs 45 (38.5)
Health System Information  
 Being given written information about the important aspects of your care 14 (12.0)
 Being given information (written, diagrams, drawings) about aspects of managing your illness and side-effects at home 32 (27.4)
 Being given explanations of those tests for which you would like explanations 35 (29.9)
 Being adequately informed about the benefits and side-effects of treatments before you choose to have them 27 (23.1)
 Being informed about your test results as soon as feasible 14 (12.0)
 Being informed about cancer which is under control or diminishing (that is, remission) 24 (20.5)
 Being informed about things you can do to help yourself to get well 21 (17.9)
 Having access to professional counselling (e.g. psychologist, social worker, counsellor, nurse specialist) if you, family or friends need it 17 (14.5)
 Being treated like a person not just another case 25 (21.4)
 Being treated in a hospital or clinic that is as physically pleasant as possible 20 (17.1)
 Having one member of hospital staff with whom you can talk to about all aspects of your condition, treatment and follow-up 16 (13.7)