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Table 3 Summary of the Most Salient Indicators from Blog Testimonies (n = 196)

From: From early detection to rehabilitation in the community: reading beyond the blog testimonies of survivors’ quality of life and prostate cancer representation

Categories Testimonies (n) Percentage (%)
Diagnostic exams
 PSA testing 120 61%
 Biopsy 73 37%
Type of treatment method
 Prostatectomy 101 52%
Medication class:
 Prostaglandin 39 20%
 Hormonal anti-neoplastic drugs 36 18%
 Impotence drugs 21 11%
Hormone therapy 27 14%
Radiotherapy 25 13%
Secondary effects/complication
 Erectile dysfunctions 83 42%
 Urinary incontinence 74 38%
 Anxiety/Fear 45 23%
 Pain 36 18%
Message topic
 Encouragement 65 33%
 Informative-resources 54 28%
 Seeking information 41 21%
 Complaint 31 16%
 Denunciation 23 12%
Message tone
 Positive 95 48%
 Neutral 52 27%
 Negative 40 20%
 Political 12 6%
Message objective
 Share one’s experience 179 91%
 Provide information 51 26%
 Teaching about PC 9 5%
Posting frequency
 Once 151 77%
 Twice 21 11%
 Three timesa 9 5%
  1. aNote: The sum of posting frequencies does not equal to n = 196 because testimonial content display ideas that were classified in multiple indicators