How common is depression in cancer patients?

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How common is depression in cancer patients?
« on: 02/09/2014 17:02:40 »
How common is depression in cancer and is it affected by the
type of cancer diagnosis?
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Re: How common is depression in cancer patients?
« Reply #1 on: 03/09/2014 03:41:14 »
The story stated that a large number of lung cancer patients get depressed.
Some depressing statistics were mentioned: something like only 13% of patients survive beyond 5 years from diagnosis.

I was wondering whether the study corrected this figure for the duration of survival; was it:
  • The percentage of cancer sufferers who had depression at a given time, or
  • The percentage of cancer sufferers with depression at any time after their diagnosis? 
This becomes important for cancers like pancreatic cancer, where life expectancy is something like 9 months after diagnosis. With such a disease, there is not as much time to get depressed after being given such a grim prognosis.