A recently completed survey of patients battling cancer and concurrent major depression revealed an alarming result that approximately 3 out every 4 were not receiving any form of treatment for their condition. The researchers also emphasized that cancer patients are more likely to be diagnosed with major depression compared to healthy individuals. The findings are currently available online in the August 28 issue of the Lancet Psychiatry, entitled, "Prevalence, associations, and adequacy of treatment of major depression in patients with cancer: a cross-sectional analysis of routinely collected clinical data."
The team of investigators behind this new analysis led by Jane Walker, MBChB, PhD, who is also a University of Oxford consultant psychiatrist, gathered information from 21,251 patients diagnosed with varying types of malignancies such as breast, colorectal, lung, gynecologic, or genitourinary cancer. These patients were previously assessed for depression in a number of cancer care centers in Scotland.
Data revealed occurrence of major depression was most prevalent in individuals fighting lung cancer (13.1%). Those with gynecologic c