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New Link Between Depression and Breast Cancer


In a long-term study discussed at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, it was noted that women whose depression improved during a 1-year treatment trial for metastatic breast cancer survived a median two years longer than women whose depression got worse.

"Our main finding is that the course of depression over the initial year of the study can be used to predict survival up to 14 years later," Dr. David Spiegel said at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for psychiatry to be a part of the mission that is now mandated at cancer centers – to help cancer patients live better with their illness," said Dr. Spiegel, director of the center on stress and health at Stanford (Calif.) University.

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