Depression

PHQ-9 and HADS-D May be Limited in Assessment of MDD in Patients With Cancer

PHQ-9 and HADS-D May be Limited in Assessment of MDD in Patients With Cancer

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Results of a recent study found that the effectiveness of the 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-D) in screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in patients with cancer was limited compared to the standardized diagnostic interview.

Nurse-Led Psychological Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

Nurse-Led Psychological Intervention Beneficial in Breast Cancer

Participants with high risk of depression reported lower mood disturbance, anxiety, depression following intervention.

Brief Intervention Eases Distress in Patients With Advanced Cancer

Brief Intervention Eases Distress in Patients With Advanced Cancer

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Called CALM, the psychological intervention tries to help patients live with their disease rather than just prepare them for the end of life.

Research Shows Temozolomide Has Potential to Increase Depression

Research Shows Temozolomide Has Potential to Increase Depression

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Temozolomide, an antimitotic chemotherapy used to treat brain cancer, demonstrated the potential to increase depression in a mouse model.

Anxiety, Distress Common Among Patients With BCR-ABL-negative MPNs

Anxiety, Distress Common Among Patients With BCR-ABL-negative MPNs

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In this study, researchers measured the psychological manifestations among patients with BCR-ABL-negative MPNs to determine the effects of anxiety, distress, and depression on symptom burden in this patient population.

Pretransplant Depression Associated With Worse Overall Survival

Pretransplant Depression Associated With Worse Overall Survival

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An assessment of depression in patients before autologous or allogeneic HCT demonstrated that the condition impacts overall survival and risk of GVDH in patients with hematologic malignancies.

Can Depression Reduce Chemotherapy Tolerability, Effectiveness in Advanced Lung Cancer?

Can Depression Reduce Chemotherapy Tolerability, Effectiveness in Advanced Lung Cancer?

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New evidence indicates that depression can impact cancer outcomes following chemotherapy.

Depression May Contribute to Receipt of Inappropriate Breast Cancer Treatment

Depression May Contribute to Receipt of Inappropriate Breast Cancer Treatment

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An analysis of data from Danish women with early-stage breast cancer assessed women's risk of receiving nonguideline treatment for their disease if they had a prior diagnosis of depression or prior treatment with antidepressants.

Cancer Survivors Display Higher Rate of Antidepressant Use

Cancer Survivors Display Higher Rate of Antidepressant Use

Nearly one in five cancer survivors are taking medication for depression or anxiety years later.

Depression Linked to Increased Mortality in Lung Cancer

Depression Linked to Increased Mortality in Lung Cancer

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Changes in depression symptoms over time are associated with differences in survival among patients with lung cancer, especially those with early stage disease.

Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer Report High Anxiety, Depression

Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer Report High Anxiety, Depression

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Nearly 25% to 33% of family caregivers of patients with advanced cancers report high levels of anxiety and depression symptoms, as well as significant time providing care.

Methylphenidate Not Effective for Depression in SSRI-treated Patients

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Treatment with methylphenidate is not effective for depression in SSRI-treated patients with advanced cancer in hospice or receiving palliative care.

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

Palliative Care-Led Support vs Usual Care: Not Significantly Different for Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients' Family Members

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Palliative care-led informational and emotional support meetings do not reduce anxiety or depression symptoms and may increase posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in family members of patients with chronic critical illness.

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Depression, Anxiety in Family Caregivers

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Depression, Anxiety in Family Caregivers

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A recent study examined depression and anxiety among family caregivers of patients with incurable cancer and sought to identify factors linked to these symptoms.

SES, Physical Health Features Linked to Depression Among CRC Survivors

SES, Physical Health Features Linked to Depression Among CRC Survivors

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Socioeconomic status and features of physical health rather than tumor characteristics were associated with symptoms of depression among long-term survivors of colorectal cancer.

Light Exposure Improves Depressive Symptoms and Circadian Rhythms in Cancer Survivors

Light Exposure Improves Depressive Symptoms and Circadian Rhythms in Cancer Survivors

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Benefits of light therapy include both decreasing depressive symptoms and normalizing circadian rhythms in cancer survivors.

Depressive Symptoms Linked to Worse Survival Following Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy With Cytoreductive Surgery

Depressive Symptoms Linked to Worse Survival Following Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy With Cytoreductive Surgery

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A study examined the relationship between depression and survival for patients undergoing hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy combined with cytoreductive surgery.

HCT-related Concerns at Discharge Associated With Depression

HCT-related Concerns at Discharge Associated With Depression

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Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT)-related concerns at the time of hospital discharge predict increases in depression but not in anxiety.

Chemo May Reduce HRQoL, Sexual Function in Patients with Breast Cancer

Researchers observed significant changes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL), depression, and sexual function among patients with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy.

Depressed Head and Neck Cancer Patients Have Lower Survival and Higher Recurrence Risk

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Depression is a significant predictor of 5-year survival and recurrence in patients with head and neck cancer. These findings represent one of the largest studies to report on the impact of depression on cancer survival.

Lower Survival Rates in Women With Breast Cancer Diagnosed With Depression

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Risk of death from all causes is 45% higher in women with breast cancer and a subsequent diagnosis of depression, according to a recent study. This finding could help identify those women most at risk for depression and in need of support.

Depression, Antidepressant Use Not Linked With Higher Breast Cancer Risk

Depression, Antidepressant Use Not Linked With Higher Breast Cancer Risk

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Depression and antidepressant use may not be associated with increased risk of breast cancer.

Pain after breast cancer surgery may be associated with underlying depression

Pain after breast cancer surgery may be associated with underlying depression

Depression may increase the intensity of postoperative acute pain in women with breast cancer.

USPSTF: All adults should be screened for depression in primary care

USPSTF: All adults should be screened for depression in primary care

The USPSTF urges that primary care physicians regularly screen for depression in all adult patients (B recommendation).

Combined use of painkillers, antidepressants may increase bleeding risk

Combined use of painkillers, antidepressants may increase bleeding risk

Researchers have found that combined use of antidepressants and NSAID painkillers is associated with an increased risk of bleeding.

Patients with brain tumor should be screened for depression

Patients with brain tumor should be screened for depression

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Depression in patients with brain cancer is easily overlooked by clinicians.

Patients with breast cancer at long-term increased risk of first depression

Patients with breast cancer at long-term increased risk of first depression

Women with breast cancer are at an increased long-term risk for developing first depression.

Music-intervention programs improve patients' anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue

Music-intervention programs improve patients' anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue

Music therapy improves anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue in patients with cancer.

Cancer diagnosis often adversely affects mental health

Cancer diagnosis often adversely affects mental health

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant melanoma are particularly at risk for disorders such as anxiety or depression.

Prior diagnosis of depression worsens outcomes in prostate cancer

Prior diagnosis of depression worsens outcomes in prostate cancer

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Men with diagnosed depressive disorders are less likely to pursue definitive treatment options for prostate cancer and more likely to have poorer outcomes.

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