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JAMA publication features study on depression and head and neck cancer
Date:5/19/2008

nterfere with eating and talking; and the psychological affects of having visible wounds left by the cancer.

Our study shows that we may be able to get out in front of depression in head and neck cancer patients and improve their chances of completing the needed treatment, Dr. Burke said.

The findings from the study also may have implications in terms of helping those with other forms of cancer avoid depression, Dr. Lydiatt said.

Ken Cowan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, said the publication in the JAMA journal and the NIH grant are indicators that the work being done by Drs. Burke and Lydiatt has major implications in the treatment of head and neck cancer.

This study brings an immense amount of promise in terms of improving treatment for those with head and neck cancer, Dr. Cowan said.

Countless lives could be positively affected by the work being done by these scientists.

Steven Wengel, M.D., professor and chairman of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry, said he was excited to see the UNMC teams work recognized.

Drs. Lydiatt and Burke and their team are doing very important and exciting work, Dr. Wengel said. They have shown that effective collaboration across disciplines has the potential to save and improve many lives.


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Contact: Tom O'Connor
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University of Nebraska Medical Center
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