Navigation Links
Fewer Cancer Patients May Be Depressed Than Thought
Date:1/20/2011

THURSDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of depression among cancer patients may be lower than previously believed, a new study indicates.

An international team of researchers analyzed 94 studies involving more than 14,000 patients and found that about one-sixth of cancer patients suffer depression and about one-third have a more widely defined mood disorder.

Only modest rates of depression and anxiety occurred in cancer patients in the first five years after diagnosis, which suggests that depression is not inevitable in these patients, the researchers said.

Only when it was combined with other mood disorders was depression common, occurring in 30 percent of hospitalized cancer patients.

The study is published online Jan. 19 in The Lancet Oncology.

Rates of depression and anxiety were not significantly different between patients receiving palliative care (care designed to ease pain and increase comfort in patients with terminal cancer) or non-palliative care (care designed to fight the cancer while easing symptoms). This suggests that the effects that differences in cancer care settings and possibly cancer stage have on depression may have been previously overemphasized, the researchers said in a journal news release.

They also concluded that cancer patients' age and sex do not influence their risk of depression.

"Although these rates (of depression) are modest, this group of patients should not be overlooked. Improvements in survival and high prevalence of most cancers actually increase rates of depression, amounting to what we estimate to be 340,000 people in the UK and 2 million in the USA with major depression and cancer at any time," noted the researchers in the release.

"Our study shows that depression alone is not as common as previously thought in cancer settings, occurring in one in six patients, about the same as the rate seen in primary care settings. Although depression remains an important and overlooked complication of cancer, clinicians must also be vigilant for other related emotional problems such as anxiety, adjustment disorder or simply any form of significant distress," concluded the researchers, who stressed that "there is still an urgent need" for screening programs to detect depression, anxiety and mood disorders among cancer patients.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about cancer patients and depression.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: The Lancet Oncology, news release, Jan. 18, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Recession May Mean Fewer Nips & Tucks
2. Fewer platelets could be used for some cancer and bone-marrow transplantation patients
3. Fewer Deaths in Larger, Busier Hospitals
4. Pitt/Magee research finds women with preeclampsia have fewer blood vessel precursor cells
5. Better patient safety linked to fewer medical malpractice claims in California
6. Safer Patients Mean Fewer Malpractice Suits
7. Study finds post-transplant patients off steroids have fewer cardiovascular events
8. Prevention Gets Credit for Fewer Heart Deaths
9. Fewer Sugary Drinks, Less High Blood Pressure
10. Fewer Boys Born Following 9/11 Attacks
11. Simple change results in fewer unnecessary imaging exams for patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fewer Cancer Patients May Be Depressed Than Thought
(Date:4/29/2017)... ... April 29, 2017 , ... TransDark is a set ... one video to the next without having to set a single keyframe in ... to enhance your video production. , TransDark features dynamic transitions that momentarily splits the ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... An April 24th article on ... stunning 180 pounds with the help of a weight loss surgery. The woman, declaring “I ... skin that have been left following her dramatic weight loss. Dr. Feiz & Associates notes ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... , ... April 28, 2017 , ... Beginning in 2017, ... their formulas. This begins with the popular ClearLungs Extra Strength formula. To ensure that ... the formula in the following ways:, , Removal of the ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Ushio America ... lamps offer an instant energy-saving solution for F32T8 fluorescent lamps on most instant-start ... ballasts. These 50,000 hour rated lamps utilize the existing electronic ballast, saving labor ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... From ... College of Urgent Care Medicine will host industry leaders for the annual spring ... help those in the industry adapt to the issues currently affecting urgent care ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017  Cogentix Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: CGNT), ... the Urology, Uro/Gyn and Gynecology markets with innovative ... has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, ... position, Mr. Keswani will report directly to ... "Our organization is delighted that Ash has joined ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017  RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation ... therapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs, today ... the Company,s consumer product development program, based on ... Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) 76 th ... and promote the sciences relevant to skin health ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017  AbbVie (NYSE: ... 99 percent (n=145/146) of chronic hepatitis C virus ... 5 or 6 and compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh A) ... (SVR 12 ) with its investigational, pan-genotypic regimen ... rates were seen following 12 weeks of G/P ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: