Mental Health

LISTEN Combats the Loneliness of Facing Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

LISTEN Combats the Loneliness of Facing Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

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LISTEN, a novel program developed at WVU School of Medicine, is designed to tackle loneliness — a significant health concern for patients with cancer.

Distress, Neuroticism Predict Long-term Emotional Distress After Cancer Diagnosis

Distress, Neuroticism Predict Long-term Emotional Distress After Cancer Diagnosis

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A literature sought to identify which signs and symptoms in patients with new cancer diagnoses indicate a greater likelihood for long-term emotional distress.

Monetary Incentives Improve Quit Attempts in Mentally Ill Smokers

Monetary Incentives Improve Quit Attempts in Mentally Ill Smokers

Abstinence-contingent incentives improved smoking cessation outcomes among economically disadvantaged smokers with mental illness.

Anxiety, Depression Higher, QOL Lower Between Chemotherapy Cycles for Breast Cancer

Anxiety, Depression Higher, QOL Lower Between Chemotherapy Cycles for Breast Cancer

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A longitudinal study assessed psychological status of postoperative patients with breast cancer between adjuvant chemotherapy for anxiety and depression.

Mortality Higher in Women With Breast Cancer and Comorbid Mental Illness

Mortality Higher in Women With Breast Cancer and Comorbid Mental Illness

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In a retrospective study of SEER-Medicare data, researchers determined the survival outcomes of women with breast cancer and comorbid mental illness vs those without mental illness.

Severe Mental Illness May Worsen Breast Cancer Survival Outcomes

Severe Mental Illness May Worsen Breast Cancer Survival Outcomes

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Retrospective analysis of data from more than 19,000 women revealed that all-cause mortality rates are higher in women with breast cancer who have a prior diagnosis of a mental illness.

AYA Cancer Survivors More Likely to Have Mental Distress Than Healthy Individuals

AYA Cancer Survivors More Likely to Have Mental Distress Than Healthy Individuals

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Using the Kessler nonspecific mental/psychological distress scale, investigators examined whether AYA cancer survivor experienced greater mental distress and assessed their access to mental health care.

Treating Patients With Cancer and Mental Health Disorders

Treating Patients With Cancer and Mental Health Disorders

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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.

Recent Cancer Diagnoses May Coincide With Mental Health Comorbidities

Recent Cancer Diagnoses May Coincide With Mental Health Comorbidities

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Having a recent cancer diagnosis is associated with an increased risk for some mental health disorders and increased use of psychiatric medications.

Understanding Mental Issues in Patients With Cancer and Caregivers

Understanding Mental Issues in Patients With Cancer and Caregivers

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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 Disparities: Cancer Screening, Prevention, and Treatment in People With Mental Illness

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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.

Mental health inequalities in detecting breast cancer

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Women with a mental illness are less likely to be screened for breast cancer, according to new research.

Women with mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings

Women with mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings

Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive routine cancer screening.

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.

Screening tool does not improve cancer patient mood states

Screening tool does not improve cancer patient mood states

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 cancer

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Neck disability and depressive scores were significantly correlated among patients with head and neck cancer.

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