Depression after cancer may increase risk of death twofold

Dutch researchers from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, have found a link between depression and mortality among cancer survivors. Those with depressive symptoms were twice as likely to die than their non-depressed counterparts.

The study participants included more than 3,000 survivors of endometrial or colorectal cancer or lymphoma or multiple myeloma 1 to 10 years after diagnosis. Depressive symptoms were measured using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.  

Based on these results, the authors call for better identification and management of depression among cancer patients.

The findings appeared in the May issue of the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.

Polaris was recently awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop an oncology survivor transition system to ensure patients are receiving the help they need to manage the psychosocial challenges and aftermath of cancer and its treatment.