Depression Linked to Increased Mortality in Lung Cancer

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, changes in depression symptoms over time are associated with differences in survival among patients with lung cancer.

Depression symptoms are common among patients with lung cancer, therefore researchers are trying to evaluate associations between depression and mortality in patients.

Researchers enrolled 1,790 patients living in the United States within three months of their lung cancer diagnosis for the observational study. The participants completed the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale Revised (CESD-R) test twice. Once at the point of diagnosis and another time during a 12-month follow-up.

Results showed that 38% had depression symptoms at baseline and an additional 14% developed new-onset depression symptoms during cancer treatment.

Read the full article from Oncology Nurse Advisor here.






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