Study Highlights Need for PTSD Interventions for Cancer Patients

Research on adult cancer patients in Southeast Asia found a striking prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with about 1 in 5 (21.7%) experiencing symptoms of PTSD six months after being diagnosed with cancer. Thestudy was published Monday inCancer.Although participants ’ rates of PTSD declined with time, the data underscore the risk of developing persistent PTSD even years after cancer diagnosis and treatment, according to the authors of the study. About one-third of patients (34.1%) initially diagnosed with PTSD or some of its symptoms went on to develop chroni c or worsening PTSD four years later. “There is a need for early identification of this subset of patients who have cancer with PTSD to design risk-targeted interventions,” concluded Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, Ph.D., of the National University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and colleagues. Moreover, finding ways to monitor PTSD among patients living with cancer is critical because many of its symptoms, such as avoidance and cognitive difficulties, are enduring, which may potentially impact adherence to treatment, the authors noted. The study involved face-to-face interviews with 469 patients within one month of cancer diagnosis. Participants took the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) at the outset and four weeks to six weeks later. Those who were found to have psychological distress underwent the PTSD module of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID) at six...
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CONCLUSIONSThe overall rates of PTSD decreased with time, but one‐third of patients (34.1%) who were initially diagnosed had persistent or worsening PTSD 4 years later. There is a need for early identification of this subset of patients who have cancer with PTSD to design risk‐targeted interventions. Cancer 2017. © 2017 American Cancer Society.
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