VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Depression can affect the likelihood of, but there is no clear association yet with how quickly the cancer progresses, according to a report published on Monday.
Death rates are nearly 40 percent higher for cancer patients diagnosed with major or minor depression, according to University of British Columbia researchers who surveyed more than two dozen international clinical studies.
“We found an increased risk of death in patients who report morethan others, and also in patients who have been diagnosed with a compared to patients who have not,” Jillian Satin, the report’s lead researcher said.
The report was published in the online edition of the American Cancer Society’s journal Cancer.
Eighty-five percent of cancer patients believe their mental state affects how quickly the disease progresses, but the Canadian researchers said that belief is not actually supported by the few studies that looked at it.
The researchers admitted they were surprised by the lack of clear link between depression and cancer progression, and cautioned that may be because so few clinical studies have been done on the subject.
A place to ask and answer questions.
Please offer any suggestions you have about Cancer-Treatment-Registry.org.
Also let me know if you have any problems with it.
Please discuss your experiences and suggestions for cancer
Please discuss your experiences with cancer doctors, good
Please comment about your experience with cancer treatments,
experience with cancer doctors, or with this web site.