A 59-year-old male asked:
do the majority of people through the early and late stages of terminal cancer experience long term depression?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
Yes.: I believe having cancer itself will cause depression besides the physical effects of the cancer itself and the medications that are used to treat it.
Palliative Care 43 years experience
Depression in Cancer: Depression occurs commonly, but not inevitably, in patients with cancer at the end of life.Estimates of prevalence of depression are imprecise.Earlier and more intensive supportive care reduces symptom burden and may prolong life in pts with advanced disease. Modern cancer care presents pts with challenging decisions that begin with cancer screening tests, and continues through end-of-life care.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016
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