Although it may seem obvious to patients and caregivers in the cancer community, depression is often a problem that is left untreated, put on the “back burner” to concentrate on the physical aspects of cancer treatment. When patients do get treatment for depression, it is not very good. Antidepressants may be offered, but up to three in four patients do not receive any treatment for their depression at all.
The mental health and well being of those living with cancer is a vital part of optimal treatment, contributing significantly to a patient’s recovery.
In two recent articles from Cancer Research UK, and the University of Edinburgh, the impact of depression on cancer patients and a new program for its treatment are discussed.
We recently asked the community for ways that they deal with depression. We received some great feedback, which you can see here. Many members find that hobbies and working out help fight depression.