by S. Terry Kraus, M.D.
Breast Cancer and Depression
At least 35% of women with newly diagnosed and early breast cancer have clinical depression. There are times when clinical depression is not apparent. It can be exhibited as “emotional or anger suppression.” I have seen ladies smile and tell me that they feel “fine” and cry at the same time. Studies have shown that anger suppression is most common in women who are also receiving chemotherapy.
Do not be afraid to discuss your emotional feelings with the therapeutic team. This team would include the treating physician(s), oncology nurses, and full-time psychologist in the Cancer Treatment Center.
When an individual is being treated for cancer, life can, at times, be like riding on a roller coaster. There are ups and downs. There are times of exhilaration and times of terror. But remember, just like being on the roller coaster, you do have a seatbelt. It is my job to make sure that seatbelt is fastened good and tight. I offer a variety of consulting services and can answer all of your questions about cancer. Please contact me at Oncology Consulting Services, LLC (504-717-3237) for information on how I can help you or your loved one.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.
Originally published in Senior Living Magazine. Click here to read the original article.