Cancer & Depression
It has been shown repeatedly in studies that cancer patients have a disproportionately high rate of depression. A patient with cancer is three times more likely to develop depression within five years of being diagnosed with cancer, affirms Dr. M. Beatriz Currier, Medical Director of Cancer Patient Support Center with Miami Cancer Institute.
The specialist adds there is a constellation of symptoms that affect the emotional state, behavior as well as cognitive thoughts.
Sadness, loss of pleasure or interest in activities, sleep disturbance, change in appetite and energy, difficulty concentrating, suicidal behavior and decreased physical activity are the most common symptoms of depression, she describes.