Psychological distress (depression and anxiety) in people with head and neck cancers.
Kate A Neilson, Annabel C Pollard, Ann M Boonzaier, June Corry, David J Castle, Karen R Mead, Marcelle CL Gray, David I Smith, Tom Trauer, Jeremy W Couper
The Medical journal of Australia | Published : 2010
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..View full abstract