Analysis Suggests Three-Quarters Of Cancer Patients With Major Depression Are Not Being Treated For It

Medscape (8/29, Nelson) reports that research published online in the Lancet Psychiatry suggests that approximately “three-quarters of cancer patients with major depression are not being treated for it.” Researchers found that “the prevalence of major depression was highest in patients with lung cancer (13.1%), followed by gynecologic cancer (10.9%), breast cancer (9.3%), colorectal cancer (7.0%), and genitourinary cancer (5.6%).” Altogether, “73% of these patients were not receiving any treatment for depression.” BBC News (8/27, Mundasad) and Renal and Urology News (8/29) also cover the story.

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— “Cancer patients with depression ‘are being overlooked’,” Smitha Mundasad, BBC News, August 27, 2014.

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