Depression, anxiety, and delirium
January 01, 2005
Psychiatric disorders are common in the setting of malignant disease, occurringin almost 50% of patients. Many cancer patients cope well with theirdisease. For those who do not, untreated psychological and neuropsychiatricdisorders can seriously compromise quality of life and treatment compliance.Although there is a wide variety of presentations, three behavioral syndromesthat are often encountered in clinical practice will be discussed here: depression,anxiety, and delirium.