New study explores mental health of cancer survivors

Posted by er134 at Jun 10, 2013 11:56 AM |
University of Leicester research reveals cancer survivors and their partners at significantly greater risk of anxiety than depression in long term

Findings from a large meta-analysis by researchers at the University of Leicester suggest that anxiety, rather than depression, is most likely to be a problem in long-term cancer survivors and spouses compared with healthy controls.

Researchers looked at rates of depression and anxiety in long-term cancer survivors, healthy spouses and controls and found that contrary to popular belief, long-term cancer survivors are not at substantially increased risk of depression compared with their healthy counterparts, but are about a quarter more likely to experience anxiety.

Moreover, the researchers found that partners face similar levels of depression but even higher rates of anxiety as cancers survivors themselves.

The study was carried out by Dr Alex Mitchell (pictured), an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Leicester, based at Leicester General Hospital, with assistance from medical students John Gill and David Ferguson at the University's School of Medicine.

Their research has been published in The Lancet Oncology.

  • Press release
  • View a YouTube video interview with Dr Mitchell about the paper below.