Journal article

Psychological distress (depression and anxiety) in people with head and neck cancers

KA Neilson, AC Pollard, AM Boonzaier, J Corry, DJ Castle, KR Mead, MCL Gray, DI Smith, T Trauer, JW Couper

Medical Journal of Australia | Published : 2010

Abstract

Objective: To assess symptoms of depression and anxiety in patients with head and neck cancers (HNCs) before and after radiotherapy. Design, participants and setting: Prospective observational study of 102 outpatients with HNCs at a tertiary cancer centre in Melbourne between 1 May 2008 and 30 May 2009. Eligibility criteria were a first-time diagnosis of HNC, age over 17 years, and agreement to undergo cancer treatment involving radiotherapy with curative intent. Data were collected before commencement of radiotherapy and again 3 weeks after completing treatment. Main outcome measures: Symptoms of depression and anxiety as assessed by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS); physica..

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