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Lancet Oncol. 2001 Aug;2(8):499-505.

Depression in cancer patients.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. chochin@cc.UManitoba.CA

Abstract

Clinical depression is a relatively common, and yet frequently overlooked, source of suffering among patients with cancer. All patients who face a life-threatening diagnosis such as cancer experience a normal albeit painful emotional reaction, but a substantial minority will become clinically depressed. This article reviews some basic information that oncology practitioners may find helpful in identifying patients at risk of experiencing a major depression. A brief overview of the epidemiology, diagnostic criteria, screening approaches, and special issues, such as depression in the elderly, high-risk populations, and suicide is also provided.

PMID:
11905726
DOI:
10.1016/S1470-2045(01)00456-9
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