Cancer Patients and Mental Illness

News — By on February 24, 2010 at 8:48 am

Researchers noted that cancer treatment has improved significantly over the past decade, yet mental health treatment has not been fully integrated into the treatment of cancer patients. They further asserted that studies have shown that depression and anxiety can impact patients’ feelings and attitudes about life and death as well as their quality of life more than their physical illness.

While half of terminally ill or advanced cancer patients suffer from depression, anxiety, and/or an adjustment disorder, less than half of cancer patients receive treatment for their mental health, according to the researchers.

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