Serious mental illness can both challenge and compromise cancer care. To ensure these patients receive optimal cancer care, the oncology team should include the patient's mental health care team.
Having a recent cancer diagnosis is associated with an increased risk for some mental health disorders and increased use of psychiatric medications.
Navigators need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cognitive and emotional distress and be able to determine which patients and family members need to be managed more closely.
Health care system and societal factors are critical components leading to health disparities, as revealed in a new report that focuses on cancer in people with mental illness.
Women with a mental illness are less likely to be screened for breast cancer, according to new research.
Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive routine cancer screening.
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant melanoma are particularly at risk for disorders such as anxiety or depression.
Intervention with distress monitoring and needs assessment not shown to improve outcomes.
ONS Connections: Neck disability and depressive symptoms linked in patients with head and neck cancerNovember 17, 2012
Neck disability and depressive scores were significantly correlated among patients with head and neck cancer.
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