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Cancer and Depression

When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, the immediate action taken by both doctors and family members is to find out what can treat it. Physician will go through the many cancer treatment options available and immediately start the agreed upon procedure. But often times, somewhere amidst the chemotherapy and radiation, comes another crippling disorder that can not be detected by any physical test. This disorder is depression.

It is vital that cancer sufferers are routinely screened and treated for depression. The onset of severe depression can make patients lose hope, find no enjoyment in life, and even become suicidal. Some of the most common signs of depression include the following:

  • Unrelenting and constant sadness
  • Severe irritability
  • Hopelessness
  • Changes in sleep patters-over sleeping or insomnia
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities

Severe depression can include suicidal ideations, an inability to function normally, or severe anxiety. If any of these symptoms appear in a cancer suffer, immediately contact his or her doctor.

Cancer Survival Rates and Depression

Another reason depression in cancer patients should not be taken lightly is that recent studies indicate that depression symptoms increase the risk of death in cancer patients by 25 percent.

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