Jeremy Winell, MD | Authors

Psychiatric Assessment and Symptom Management in Elderly Cancer Patients

October 01, 2005

The number of older adults in the general population continues togrow. As their numbers rise, the elderly and the management of theirmedical problems must be of increasing concern for health-care professionals.Within this older population, cancer is a leading cause ofmorbidity and mortality. Although many studies have looked at the psychiatricimplications of cancer in the general population, few studiestackle the issues that may face the older adult with cancer. This articlefocuses on the detection and treatment of depression, anxiety, fatigue,pain, delirium, and dementia in the elderly cancer patient.

Depression in Cancer Patients

October 01, 2004

Depression is seen in many cancer patients. It is an especially importantissue in palliative care, as depression can be more common inpatients who are at the end of life. Accurate assessment and treatmentcan have a powerful impact on improving a patient's quality of life.This article reviews the definition and the differential diagnosis of depressionin cancer patients. It then focuses on some of the treatmentoptions available, including pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.