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Depression and Cancer: 10 Things You Should Know

Depression and Cancer: 10 Things You Should Know | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"At first glance, the connection between a cancer diagnosis and depression might seem to be an obvious one. However, in patients battling this life-threatening disease, depression can have a serious impact, and even worsen the odds of survival. While the best approach to interrupting this vicious cycle is not fully understood, clinicians can help patients improve their odds by availing them of therapeutic resources and open communication."

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Healio  |  May 13, 2014

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So few survivors are being screened for anxiety and depression - which impact quality of life.  It's important for survivors and caregivers to be aware of these ten things and communicate with healthcare providers when necessary.

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ASCO Releases First Three Guidelines on Cancer Survivorship Care

"The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued three evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the prevention and management of symptoms that affect many cancer survivors—neuropathy, fatigue and depression, and anxiety. The guidelines are the first three in a planned series of guidelines on survivorship care. The recommendations reinforce the need to care for the both physical and psychological needs of cancer survivors."


"The release of these guidelines come at a time when the number of people with a history of cancer in the United States has increased dramatically, from 3 million in 1971 to about 13.7 million today. Despite these important gains, cancer survivors still face a range of long-term challenges from their disease and its treatment.  Cancer survivors face an increased risk for other health problems, premature mortality and side-effects from treatment.  The transition from active treatment to post-treatment care is critical to optimal long-term health. If care is not planned and coordinated, cancer survivors are left without knowledge of their heightened risks and a follow-up plan of action.


"In addition to the guidelines, Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, has updated information for survivors that is based on ASCO’s latest recommendations."

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ASCO  |  Apr 14, 2014

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, April 17, 8:30 AM

Great.  More guidelines.  How much money is spent on research, writing, studies and more to get to the finding that there is a, "need to care for the both physical and psychological needs of cancer survivors."  At some point, information must be turned into action - and many recommendations in survivorship these days come with mandates but no resources to implement or processes by which to initiate.


Cancer survivorship needs more funding and more insurance coverage, not more recommendations  - most of which have already been well documented and published for over a decade.  

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Realizing the Full Benefits of Palliative Care

Realizing the Full Benefits of Palliative Care | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Evidence is mounting for the manifold benefits of palliative care–which is focused on alleviating symptoms–for cancer patients. Studies have shown that cancer patients who receive palliative care experience higher quality of life, less depression, and are better functioning. They also live longer, even though fewer of them undergo aggressive end-of-life care. Thanks to fewer hospitalizations, greater use of palliative care also actually decreases health care costs. Nonetheless, both physicians and patients often shy away from palliative care, as it is frequently–though falsely–associated with death and dying. Unlike hospice care, however, palliative care is intended and appropriate for all patients, regardless of stage or prognosis. Advocates recommend that palliative care should be offered widely and early on in cancer treatment.

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Cancer Patients Need Anxiety, Depression Screening

Cancer Patients Need Anxiety, Depression Screening | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

"It is important to recognize and treat anxiety or depression among cancer patients, according to a clinical guideline published online April 14 in theJournal of Clinical Oncology...


"The panel recommends that all patients with cancer be evaluated for symptoms of depression and anxiety periodically throughout care. Validated, published measures and procedures should be used for assessments. Different treatment pathways are recommended depending on symptom level. The risk for poor quality of life and potential disease-related morbidity and mortality is increased by the failure to identify and treat anxiety and depression."

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Survivorship-Care Programs Pick Up Where Cancer Treatment Leaves Off

Survivorship-Care Programs Pick Up Where Cancer Treatment Leaves Off | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Thanks in part to improvements in cancer treatment, the number of cancer survivors is steadily increasing. Even after overcoming cancer, however, survivors still face numerous challenges. The cancer may return, so regular monitoring is needed. In addition, cancer treatments can damage organs or impair attention and memory. Cancer also takes an emotional toll; many cancer survivors experience depression or anxiety. Increasingly, hospitals and nonprofit groups are offering survivorship-care programs that provide treatment follow-up plans, physical rehabilitation, and psychological assistance. The Commission on Cancer, which accredits cancer centers in the U.S., will require these centers to provide survivorship-care plans starting in 2015. Moreover, a congressional committee is currently considering a bill that would require Medicare to cover care-planning services for cancer survivors.

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Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans

Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Care Plans | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Most people who survive cancer are left to deal with the physical and emotional aftermath of treatment on their own—but they still need help. Long-term side effects of cancer treatments range from heart damage and painful nerve death to depression and body image disorders. However, a recent survey found that only 17% of people who survived cancer were given a long-term care plan. Cancer survivors can seek help at seven U.S. centers that focus on care after cancer, as well as the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship. The U.S. has nearly 14 million cancer survivors today, with 18 million expected by 2022.

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