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October 25, 2012

Essay on Cancer and Depression

Despite evidence that up to 35% of patients with cancer experience a great amount of distress and anxiety, access to efficient mental health care by a lack of systematic approaches to assessment, a lack of mental health services and patient self-discipline treatment either because of the perceived stigma or difficulty accepting with imperfect access to particular psycho-oncology services due to isolation or disease trouble.

In the United States, a total of 1,479,350 new cancer cases and 562,340 deaths from cancer were estimated to occur in 2009.1 all patients experience some level of distress associated with the diagnosis and treat­ment of cancer at all stages of the disease. (   )

Researcher have found that 20% to 40% of patients with newly diagnosed and recurrent cancer show a significant level of distress.2 However; fewer than 10% are ac­tually identified and referred for psychosocial help. ( distress management PDF)

Health professionals spend much time evaluating prognostic indicators to improve treatment and patient survival.  The healthcare providers knowing the fact that depression is an independent prognostic factor and that it is their major responsibility to solve the issue of depression in the cancer patients must "seek to do what those of cardiology trying. Intervention examinations for treating severe depression among the cancer patients and low risk for STIs As patient advocates, oncology nurses must "examine the practice and ensure that their packs include psychosocial assessment and patients visits to the psychiatrists as an indispensible part of care against the cruel disease of cancer.

For many centuries, the patients were not formally informed of their cancer diagnosis because of stigma with the disease but the need of psychological counseling and psychiatrist’s treatment in their own way was felt strongly by the health professionals as they experienced many depressed cancer patients who required such treatment on urgent basis. . Since the 1970s, this situation has changed and patients are aware of their diagnosis and treatment options.  This was suggested by the psychological professionals and healthcare providers however, most of the patients are reluctant to disclose their stress and emotional difficulties. 

Psychological issues remain stigmatized in the context of adaptation to cancer. Therefore, patients often do not say not to ask their doctors and doctors of their distress on the psychological problems of their patients.
Not detected and treated  anxiety of cancer patients on time leads to several problems: to make difficult decisions and adherence to treatment, further visits to doctors and emergency rooms, and more time and stress for 'oncology team early assessment and review of emergency leads in early treatment and prompt psychological distress, the improvement of medical care.

 According to the researches done in the field of healthcare Women with breast cancer (BC) are specifically at high risk of anxiety and severe emotional distress throughout the time of the end of treatment for post-treatment survival. This decisive evolution period is explained by the medical professionals as the formal moment of adjuvant therapy and close medical and nursing and support when the patient tries to resume a normal life and daily activities. Although research points out to that breast cancer patients adjust eventually to disease-related anxiety and emotional distress, fear of recurrence chronically curses 60% to 99% of these women. (Polinsky, 1994;Vickberg, Bovbjerg, DuHamel, Currie, & Redd, 2000).


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