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Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder Common After Cancer Diagnosis

By May 21, 2019 May 27th, 2019 News

A recent report in Cancer by investigators in Boston and Malaysia reviewed 245 patients who were followed for over 4 years from diagnosis, and found that over one in five had developed PTSD within 6 months of diagnosis. At 4 years more than 6% still had symptoms. These issues can interfere with a patient’s recovery, since patients with PTSD are less likely to keep appointments or keep on their treatment.

Physicians need to actively question cancer patients for symptoms of PTSD, and cancer patients who experience such symptoms as anxiety, depression, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, agitation,  irritability, hostility, social isolation, loss of interest in normal activities, or other troubling emotional problems should call them to their physicians’ attention.