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Table 4 Side effects of surgery and chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy in patients with HNSCC

From: Patients’ experience of recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and their perspective on the EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-H&N35 questionnaires: a qualitative study

Surgery Chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy
Side effect Reported by (N = 8) Side effect Reported by (N = 13)
S P Total S P Total
Numbness 1 3 4 Weight loss 1 7 8
Difficulty speaking   4 4 Tiredness/fatigue/exhaustion 3 5 8
Pain 2 2 4 Taste problems   6 6
Swelling 1 2 3 Pain 3 3 6
Dry mouth   2 2 Dry mouth/lack of saliva   5 5
Soreness/discomfort   2 2 Nausea   5 5
Weakness   2 2 Hair loss 1 1 2
Tired/fatigue/exhaustion   2 2 Vomiting 2 1 3
Swallowing problems 1 1 2 Weakness   3 3
Constipation   1 1 Breathing problems   2 2
Impact on range of movement   1 1 Excessive mucous   2 2
Taste problems   1 1 Loss of appetite/eating less   2 2
Tooth damage/removal   1 1 Sticky saliva   2 2
Weight loss   1 1 Fever   1 1
Scarring 1   1 Impotence   1 1
  1. Abbreviations: N total number of patients reporting side effects, P reported when prompted, S reported spontaneously