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Conclusions and Further Reading - Chapter 20

Chapter 20 - Psychological Problems in Older Cancer Patients


Anxiety and depression are highly prevalent in older patients with cancer. This chapter has provided a summary of the issues that need to be considered when diagnosing and treating older cancer patients with anxiety and depression. Diagnosing depression and anxiety in older patients with cancer is difficult. Therefore, clinicians need to be familiar with the unusual presentation of these symptoms in this population.

Psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions are optimal in treating anxiety and depression in older patients with cancer. Oncologists should be aware of the indications for psychotropic medications, the possible side effects and drug interactions of psychiatric medications, and how to obtain psychiatric consultation when needed.

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