Cancer Survival and Depression

Two new research articles look at how depression can negatively impact survival rates among head and neck, and breast cancer patients.

  1. Shinn, E. et al.  Depression and Oropharynx Cancer Outcome. Psychosomatic Medicine, 2015; 

Patients scoring as depressed on the questionnaire were 3.5 times less likely to have survived to the five-year interval, compared to those who were not depressed on this scale. The degree of depression was also found to be significant, as every unit increase on this scale resulted in a 10 percent higher risk for reduced survival.

Carry on reading the commentary via ScienceDirect

Access the original abstract via Psychosomatic Medicine

2. Kanani, R. et al. The association of mood disorders with breast cancer survival: an investigation of linked cancer registration and hospital admission data for South East England. Psycho-Oncology, 2015;

The study analysed cancer registration and hospital records for 77,173 women in South East England diagnosed with breast cancer between 2000 and 2009 and followed them until the end of 2010. Of these, 422 already had a record of depression prior to their breast cancer diagnosis and 533 had a new diagnosis of depression recorded after cancer diagnosis.

The link between a new diagnosis of depression and survival remained after researchers took into account factors such as older age at cancer diagnosis, how advanced the cancer was at diagnosis, socioeconomic status and having other diseases. After taking these factors into account, the relative risk of death over the follow-up period — called a hazard ratio — was 1.45 times, or 45%, higher than for women without depression recorded in that time.

Carry on reading the commentary via ScienceDirect

Access the original abstract via Psycho-Oncology

 

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