Study Finds Cancer Diagnosis Can Lead to Mental Health Disorders

Study Finds Cancer Diagnosis Can Lead to Mental Health Disorders

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For many people with cancer, connecting with others provides emotional support and inspiration during this challenging time.  In fact, research has shown that strong support communities can be beneficial to cancer outcomes.  To help cancer patients and their caregivers get the support they need, MyLifeLine.org provides free, personal websites to anyone affected by cancer.  FREE website features include the ability to connect with loved ones (as a group or individually); post updates; coordinate meals, rides and visits with online scheduling and reminders; and collect funds from family and friends to help off-set the costs of cancer treatment.  To learn more, visit MyLifeLine.org and check out the MyLifeLine.org blog.

 

The post below was written by MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation…  

“A study published last Monday in U.S. News and World Report, found that one in three people diagnosed with cancer experience a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. Researchers in the study conducted interviews with more than 2,100 individuals with cancer between the ages of 18 and 75. This study reinforces the importance of the mental health of cancer patients—the core of MyLifeLine.org’s mission; to provide the online platform for social and emotional support for all people affected by cancer.

Here is a summary of the findings from the study published on Oct. 6 in the Health section of U.S. News and World Report:

  • About 32% of cancer patients experience a mental health disorder, while general population mental disorder rate is much lower at 20%
  • More than 40% of patients with breast, head and neck cancer and malignant melanoma had at least one mental health disorder
  • The lowest rates of mental disorder, around 20%, occurred among patients with pancreatic, prostate, stomach or esophageal cancers
  • Anxiety disorders is one of the most common mental health disorders affecting cancer patients
  • Breast cancer patients were twice as likely to experience a mental disorder than people with typically more fatal types of cancer, such as pancreatic or stomach cancer

MyLifeLine.org believes social and emotional support is as important as medical care in the face of a cancer diagnosis and provides anyone affected by cancer with a place to receive support for their mental health. Because every cancer patient should feel supported, every day MyLifeLine.org provides free, personal and private websites to help them easily connect with family and friends.”



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