Depression among Cancer Survivors Going Untreated
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Survivors of head and neck cancer are showing high rates of self-reported depression, but are failing to utilize mental health services.
Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles studied the responses of 211 patients whose head and neck cancer was treated with radiation therapy, and are now cancer free. Responding to a questionnaire from researchers, 17 percent of patients one year from treatment, 15 percent of patients three years, and 13 percent of patients five years said they were “somewhat depressed” or “extremely depressed.” Of these patients, 6 percent at one year, 11 percent at three years, and 0 percent at five years said they were taking antidepressants. Similarly, 3 percent, 6 percent, and 0 percent respectively, responded they were actively undergoing or seeking therapy.
For more information, go to: http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/few-survivors-of-head-and-neck-cancer-utilizing-mental-health-services-despite-depression/
SOURCE: JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, August 2013
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