Risk factors for suicide include male gender, distant disease, increasing age, race/ethnicity.
Adolescents and young adults are more likely to attempt or complete suicide after a cancer diagnosis, with the risk highest in first year after diagnosis.
Also linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular death during the first week and month after diagnosis.
A form of psychotherapy that is intended to relieve distress for dying patients and their families showed great effectiveness in a recent study.
Newly diagnosed men with prostate cancer face a higher risk of cardiovascular events and suicide, according to a study reported in PLoS Medicine (2009 Dec;6(12):e1000197).
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