Early trauma may be risk factor for anxiety and depression in adults with head/neck cancer
Patients who experienced childhood trauma were also more likely to be diagnosed with advanced cancer
Among individuals with head and neck cancer (HNC), those who experienced childhood trauma were more likely to have advanced cancer, to have higher alcohol consumption, and to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that childhood trauma history should be considered during treatment for HNC.
Individuals may experience high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression during and after cancer diagnosis and treatment. Patients with HNC display emotional responses that may affect their adherence to treatment, and the maintenance of smoking and alcoholism. Read more....
Cannabis Tied to QOL Benefits in Head and Neck Cancer
Patients on marijuana reported better depression and anxiety scores
Newly diagnosed head and neck cancer patients who used marijuana recreationally reported better quality of life (QOL) outcomes and reduced psychosocial symptoms, a prospective case-matched study of Canadian patients found.
Compared with non-users, those who used loose-leaf marijuana at least weekly reported less pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety, were less drowsy, and had better scores for appetite and general well-being on symptom and QOL questionnaires given prior to treatment initiation, reported Michael Gupta, MD, MSc, of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and colleagues in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery. Read more...