-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
A recent analysis indicates that depression in those that are suffering from cancer can affect their likelihood of survival. This analysis is published in the peer-review journal of the American Cancer Society, entitled Cancer.
A total of 9,417 patients were observed and 26 cases were found. According to the researchers, the death rates were 25% higher in those that were experiencing depressive symptoms and 39% higher in those that were diagnosed with depression, whether minor or major.
While this research is good stepping stone, further studies must be conducted before reaching a concrete conclusion. This analysis was based on many different tumor types, so the next step would be to notice how depression affects the different types of cancers.
There is no actual risk of death due to depression, but it is wise for healthcare professional to test for depression in cancer patients.