Sunday, September 28, 2008
Depression Found To Hasten Decline In Cancer Patients
Depression causes patients with advanced cancer to die sooner than they should, say scientists at the University of Liverpool. In a six-month study patients who were found to be depressed had a 7% increased chance of dying and this percentage increased depending on the severity of the depression. Depression is common in patients with advanced cancer and in a significant number of patients it is persistent.