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Report Finds Mesothelioma Survival Rate Affected by Depression

A new report by the University of British Columbia asserts that the survival rate of patients being treated for mesothelioma and other types of cancer is significantly lower in those exhibiting signs of depression.  The article, which was published in the American Cancer Society’s journal, analyzed 26 previously conducted studies and found that cancer patients who described having symptoms of depression were 25% more likely to die than those who did not.  Even more alarming, patients diagnosed with minor or major clinical depression were a full 39% more likely to die during treatment as patients who did not.

The study was quick to point out that it is dangerous to make patients feel as though they must put up a false front of optimism, as this will also negatively impact recovery.

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