Breast Cancer, Depression a Dangerous Combination

New research from King’s College London has found that women with breast cancer who were subsequently diagnosed with depression had a 45 percent higher risk of death.

Investigators analyzed the health records of more than 77,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer between 2000 and 2009. They found a link between a new diagnosis of depression and survival, even after accounting for age, cancer stage, socioeconomic status and diagnoses of other diseases.

In a press release, study author Dr. Elizabeth Davies emphasized the need to identify and address depression among their patients:

Greater social support or psychological interventions for women with breast cancer could help to reduce the negative effects amongst those most at risk of depression.

The study appeared this week in the journal Psycho-Oncology