Depression as Predictor of Death

ABSTRACT: Depression and functional status as predictors of death among cancer patients

BACKGROUND: The current study examined the extent to which depression and functional limitations contribute to the mortality of newly diagnosed cancer patients.

The analysis focused on differences in survival times among cancer patients with new experiences of depressive symptoms and functional limitations and patients with a history of such limitations.

CONCLUSIONS: The current data show cancer patients with prior limitations and emotional problems have worse survival chances than would be expected on the basis of their cancer diagnosis alone.

While depressive symptoms and functional limitations are common short-run responses to a cancer diagnosis and initial treatment, patients with no prior history of such problems appear to be more resilient.

[05/16/2002; Cancer Online (Free Registration Required)]

Ann's NOTE: We are living with cancer. We need to focus on the LIVING part of that.

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