Depression may shorten head, neck cancer patients' lives

Updated:10 months, 3 weeks ago IST

New Delhi, Jan 23 (ANI): Sadness and anticipatory grief are normal reactions to the various crises faced during cancer and now, a recent study has found that even mild depressive symptoms were associated with poorer overall survival. The team, led by Elizabeth Cash of the University Of Louisville School Of Medicine, was interested to see if depressive symptoms might also affect patients' health outcomes. The researchers studied 134 patients with head and neck cancers, who reported depressive symptoms during the planning of their treatment. When the scientists examined the patients' clinical data over the following two years, they found that patients with greater depressive symptoms had shorter survival, higher rates of chemo radiation interruption, and poorer treatment response.

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