A review of depression in the head and neck cancer patient

Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2009 Jun;7(6):397-403.

Abstract

Head and neck cancer patients experience among the highest rates of major depressive disorder of all oncology patients with an incidence of 15-50%. Correct diagnosis is critical to expeditious management. Oncologists are not always adept at making the diagnosis as medical and treatment side effects can mimic the signs and symptoms of depression. Treatment can be successful and typically involves medical, social, and psychologic interventions. Causes of depression, obtaining an accurate diagnosis, and treatment options are all discussed in this review.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Attitude to Death
  • Attitude to Health
  • Depression / diagnosis
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Depression / psychology
  • Depression / therapy
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Social Support
  • Suicide

Substances

  • Antidepressive Agents