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.
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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