This is common in people with cancer, it can also lead to physical, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms. If depression is prolonged or severe, functioning can be severely impaired. It can even make it harder for you to cope with your cancer treatment. Your ability to make choices about your treatment and your care can also be affected. As a result, identifying and managing depression are important parts of your cancer treatment.
If you or the patient experiences these symptoms talk to us or to your healthcare provider:[ 1 ]
- Loss of interest in activities that you previously enjoyed
- Frequent crying
- Withdrawal from friends or family
- Loss of motivation to do daily activities
- Decreased ability to concentrate
- Difficulty making decisions
- Memory problems
- Negative thoughts
- Loss of appetite
- Insomnia of hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)
- Sexual problems
- Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- If depression is prolonged or severe, functioning can be impaired.
- Depression can increase inflammation and alter some immune system functions, promoting conditions for tumor growth, invasion and metastasis.
- There are many complementary approaches that can be helpful for depression.
- If you need to speak to a healthcare professional or need help managing and addressing your symptoms, we are there for you.
- We have experts who will speak to you and be there to guide you.
Many complementary approaches can be helpful for depression. Speaking to a healthcare expert can help you understand how to manage your depression better through diet, exercise, or counseling. We practice mind-body approaches and other integrative therapies to help manage your depression.
- Credit: BCCT: Depression
- Cancer.Net. Depression
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