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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


Anxiety Disorder (National Cancer Institute)
Describes the causes and treatment of anxiety experienced by cancer patients. Anxiety that may arise after cancer therapy has been completed is also discussed. Patient and physician versions available. [6/02]


Depression (National Cancer Institute)
Describes the causes and treatments of depression, a disabling illness that affects about 15% to 25% of cancer patients. Identifies risk factors and discusses prevention of suicide in cancer patients. Patient and physician versions available. [6/04]

Depression in Patients with Lung Cancer: Prevalence and Risk Factors Derived From Quality-of-Life Data (Journal of Clinical Oncology)
Abstract of a study published in the February 2001 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology that found depression is common and persistent in lung cancer patients, especially those with more severe symptoms or functional limitations. Recommends psychologic screening and appropriate intervention as an essential part of palliative care. [2/01]

Depression After Successful Treatment for NSCLC (PubMed)
Study results presented in the September 2000 issue of Cancer conclude that depression is not rare after successful treatment of NSCLC and that social support may play an important role for NSCLC patients with depression after successful treatment. [9/00]


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (National Cancer Institute)
Describes post-traumatic stress disorder, its symptoms and its treatment. Discusses how the diagnosis, treatment and survival of cancer can cause psychological problems similar to those experienced by people who have survived highly stressful situations, such as combat, rape, natural disasters or other life-threatening events.. [6/04]


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