Depression in Cancer Common But Untreated

August 29, 2014 6:33 PM

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The vast majority of clinically depressed cancer patients receive no treatment for the depression, a retrospective study of 21,000 cancer patients showed.

Of 1,538 patients who met diagnostic criteria for clinical depression, 1,130 (73%) did not receive "potentially effective treatment." Better recognition and management of comorbid depression represents a "pressing need" among cancer patients, Jane Walker, PhD, of the University of Oxford in England,...

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