How Does Depression Impact Breast Cancer Survival Rates?

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May 7, 2024

Depression Affects Breast Cancer Survival Rates

A recent study presented at the European Psychiatric Association Congress 2024 highlights the profound influence of depression on survival rates and quality of life in women with breast cancer. Conducted by Russian researchers, the analysis synthesized existing research data, revealing that globally, 32% of breast cancer patients also suffer from depression. 

The study’s findings stress the variability in the prevalence of depression among breast cancer patients, ranging from 4.5% to 38%. Significantly, the research identifies a stark correlation between depression and increased mortality, documenting a 50% heightened risk of all-cause mortality in depressed patients, a 2 to 2.5-fold rise in both breast cancer-specific and all-cause mortality in early-stage patients with depression, and a 2.5 times greater risk of death within 8-15 years post-surgery for those with mild to moderate depressive symptoms.

Experts like Dr. Ruslan A. Starostin emphasize the intertwined nature of cancer, depression, and anxiety, advocating for early identification and treatment of mental disorders upon breast cancer diagnosis to enhance patient survival and quality of life. The commentary highlights the importance of an integrated treatment approach that includes mental health support to address both the physical aspects of cancer and the psychological impacts that significantly influence treatment adherence and patient outcomes. The study calls for routine depression screening at the time of breast cancer diagnosis and an increase in awareness about the mental health challenges faced by patients. 

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