A new study is shedding light on the psychological effects of mesothelioma on patients and their caregivers. Researchers at the University of Sheffield in the UK reviewed more than 35 years worth of medical literature to find relevant studies. They say the psychological effects of mesothelioma revolve around timelines, emotions, and communication. They also suggest that more should be done to understand the unique burdens of mesothelioma caregivers. Rarity of Mesothelioma May Impact the Psychological Effects Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of internal membranes. It can be a lonely disease for caregivers and patients. Only about 2,500 Americans receive a mesothelioma diagnosis each year making it one of the rarest types of cancer. In many cases, a family may … Continue reading Understanding the Psychological Effects of Mesothelioma
Newly diagnosed pleural mesothelioma patients may be at higher risk for depression and that could be impacting their outcomes. A new report finds that people diagnosed with advanced lung cancers are more likely to suffer from depression. Pleural mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer. This risk for depression appears to have an impact on patients’ quality of life, their pain, and even the number of complications they experience. Assessing the Risk for Depression in Cancer Patients Researchers at Ohio State University directed the study. It included 186 patients with Stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer. The patients had not yet started their cancer treatment. Although pleural mesothelioma is not the same as non-small cell lung cancer, the two diseases share … Continue reading Is There a Risk for Depression Among Pleural Mesothelioma Patients?
White women are more likely than other patients to experience depression after mesothelioma diagnosis. That word comes from researchers at the University of Florida. The team analyzed the cases of more than 120,000 patients with late-stage cancer. Although all patients face a risk of depression with an advanced cancer diagnosis, the problem appears to be worse among white women. The research team says understanding how cancer news affects patients can help doctors avoid diagnosis bias. Cancer Records from the SEER Database The Florida study provides important insights into who is likely to get depression after mesothelioma diagnosis. The study included 123,066 advanced cancer cases from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database. All study subjects received their diagnosis between … Continue reading Depression After Mesothelioma Diagnosis: Women Are at Highest Risk