Pain after breast cancer surgery may be associated with underlying depression
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Depression may increase the intensity of postoperative acute pain in women with breast cancer, according to a new study published online ahead of print in the journal Psycho-Oncology.
For the study, researchers sought to determine the prevalence of severe, definite depression symptoms among patients with breast cancer and to assess the association between severe depression symptoms and sociodemographic and perioperative factors during the perioperative period.
Researchers analyzed data from 1,499 women with breast cancer who were admitted for definitive breast surgery. Results showed that 2 or more family members with cancer, having a prescription for sedative medication, and persistent, severe pain during the postoperative period were significantly associated with severe, definite depression symptoms.
The findings suggest that self-reporting of persistent postoperative pain intensity among patients with breast cancer may be useful in identifying hidden depression symptoms during the perioperative period.
Depression may increase the intensity of postoperative acute pain in women with breast cancer.
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