Posts Tagged ‘outcome’

Is there an Association between Depression and Prostate Cancer Survival, Stage, and Effectiveness of Treatment?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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A new population observational study study published in the online Journal of Clinical Oncology concluded that depressed men with localized prostate cancer were more likely yo be diagnosed with more aggressive prostate cancer, receive less effective treatment, and survive a shorter time than those with prostate cancer but no depression., Rcsearchers studied patients from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) medicare database focusing on over 41,000 men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer diagnosed between 2004 and 2002007 and observed through 2009. Researchers identified 1,694 men diagnosed with depression among that group. .The study also found that with prostate cancer who were older, lower income. who had other medical problems , were white or Hispanic. who were unmarried and those living in non-metropolitan areas were more likely to be depresses. They also found that depressed men were more likely to seek out physicians in the two years before diagnoses but were less likely to seek out definitive treatment such aa surgery or radiation in contrast to those not depressed. They said “men with intermediate or high-risk prostate cancer and a recent diagnoses of depression are less likely to undergo definitive treatment and experience worse overall survival. It was concluded that more research was needed to validate these observatiojs.

 

Breast Cancer Outcomes Influenced by Depression

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Recent research published in Psychology and Health concluded that certain factors such as marital status, having children in the home, income level, and age affect the probability of depression among breast cancer survivors that in turn, affects the likelihood of failure to adhere to the medical regimes causing potential complications. The researcher studied who is more likely to be distressed following a breast cancer diagnosis and when depressive symptoms are most likely to occur during the course of treatment. During the year following treatment single women and women with children in the home were more likely to be depressed and these women may need additional support during this period.
Women of different income levels seemed to have similar levels of increased depression during treatment but these symptoms decreased in women of higher incomes in the year following treatment. Younger cancer survivors had more depression during treatment than older women but reported levels similar to the older women following treatment. The researcher believes that identifying these factors that influence depression in cancer survivors is an important part of the prognosis since this can influence the treatment regime and outcome of the disease.