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Published online: 2012-06-27
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Psychiatric disorders in the elderly cancer patients

Agnieszka Stępień, Elżbieta Trypka
Onkol. Prak. Klin 2012;8(2):45-51.

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Vol 8, No 2 (2012)
REVIEW ARTICLES
Published online: 2012-06-27

Abstract

Emotional problems are frequent among cancer patients. The most common are depressive episodes of
different severity usually requiring treatment. Since more than 60% malignancies affect elderly, psychiatric
disorders prevalent in this age group such as dementia, delirium and anxiety should be considered in
assessment of patient mental status. These disorders are often diagnosed concomitantly with cancer,
but also their symptoms can be associated with malignacy and/or be side effects of treatment. Proper
diagnosis of mental disorders provides the opportunity for effective psychiatric therapeutic intervention
which contributes to optimalization of antineoplastic treatment and improvement of patients well being.

Abstract

Emotional problems are frequent among cancer patients. The most common are depressive episodes of
different severity usually requiring treatment. Since more than 60% malignancies affect elderly, psychiatric
disorders prevalent in this age group such as dementia, delirium and anxiety should be considered in
assessment of patient mental status. These disorders are often diagnosed concomitantly with cancer,
but also their symptoms can be associated with malignacy and/or be side effects of treatment. Proper
diagnosis of mental disorders provides the opportunity for effective psychiatric therapeutic intervention
which contributes to optimalization of antineoplastic treatment and improvement of patients well being.
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Keywords

psychiatric disorders, cancer, elderly

About this article
Title

Psychiatric disorders in the elderly cancer patients

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

Issue

Vol 8, No 2 (2012)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

45-51

Published online

2012-06-27

Bibliographic record

Onkol. Prak. Klin 2012;8(2):45-51.

Keywords

psychiatric disorders
cancer
elderly

Authors

Agnieszka Stępień
Elżbieta Trypka

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