Navigation Links
Mental Health Woes Strike Half of Cancer Patients
Date:9/10/2007

Listening to patients is key to helping them feel better, researchers say

MONDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Half of all people with advanced or terminal cancer suffer from depression, anxiety or adjustment disorders and could use their oncologist's help getting treatment, according to a new study.

Physicians treating the cancer can screen for the mental disorders, but the most valuable screening tool is simply listening, the researchers said.

A team from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston reviewed published literature about psychiatric illness in cancer patients. They found that 50 percent or more of patients with advanced or terminal cancer are suffering from anxiety, depression or an adjustment disorder for which doctors can screen.

Writing in the Oct. 15 issue of Cancer, they called for oncologists and physicians to screen cancer patients for mental disorders and make the appropriate referrals for treatment and support groups.

According to the researchers, medical management of cancer has improved significantly over the past 10 years, but mental health care has not been fully integrated into cancer patients' treatment plans. Yet studies show that depression and anxiety can impact a patient's quality of life and attitude toward living and dying even more than physical pain.

Still, less than half of patients with advanced cancer receive treatment for their mental health concerns, the researchers wrote.

More than one-third of patients with advanced cancer and one-fifth of terminal patients suffer from an adjustment disorder. These disorders are characterized by mood swings, anxiety or disturbed sleep.

An additional third of patients with advanced cancer and one-fifth with terminal cancer suffer with a depressive disorder. Anxiety disorders affect nearly one out of 10 patients with advanced cancer and 14 percent of patients with terminal cancer.

The researchers argued that the most important tool doctors have is listening to the patients as they express their fears, concerns, hopes, griefs and final wishes.

More information

For some ideas about managing depression during cancer treatment, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



-- Madeline Vann



SOURCE: Cancer, news release, Sept. 10, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Developmental, neurologic problems common in extremely preterm infants
2. Experimental treatment for Ebola Virus Shows promising results in mice
3. Unnatural death common in mentally ill
4. Staying mentally energitic prevents Alzheimers
5. Heart bypass-mental decline link
6. Experimental drug to fight flu
7. Cathine leads to mental health disorder
8. Oestrogen to help mental health
9. Healing environment aids mental problem
10. Mental illness a key factor in suicide
11. Preventing mental decline in the aged
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... The IoT (Internet of Things) is revolutionizing ... a huge impact on businesses and individual consumers alike. Laboratories can maximize their ... a value anywhere from $4 trillion to $11 trillion dollars by the year 2025. ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... TX (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... March ... organs that pack a punch when it comes to maintaining good health. Every day, ... 30 minutes, your kidneys filter every drop of your blood, eliminating waste, regulating fluid ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... program owned and organized by HMP Communications Holdings, LLC, today announced that ... within its nationwide network of wound centers interested in becoming Certified Wound Specialist ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... After raising more than $1.135 million ($1,479,231 AUD) ... travel pillow in crowdfunding history, has established a U.S. Headquarters in New York ... to Americans. , “We’re excited to be operating on U.S. shores, where most of ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica, recently talked on ... 22nd, but she also used the occasion to remind listeners of an important distinction. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... March 23, 2017 Newborns are highly ... most vaccines because their young immune systems typically ... Children,s Hospital report achieving strong vaccine responses in ... model before human trials — by adding compounds ... In two simultaneous papers, they also describe improved ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - INVICTUS MD ... IVITF; FRA: 8IS) Invictus MD announces that AB Laboratories ... in its licensed production facility under the Access to ... Hamilton, Ontario . The ... in October 2016, is currently operating at half capacity, ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... NEW YORK , March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... the NASDAQ Composite ended the trading session at ... edged 0.03% lower, to finish at 20,661.30; and ... 0.19%. Gains were broad based as six out ... This Thursday, Stock-Callers.com has initiated reports coverage on ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: