STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Cancer patients with depression ‘are being overlooked’ – Have you experienced any of the issues raised in this story? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk and include your contact details

Three-quarters of cancer patients who are clinically depressed do not get the psychological therapy they need, according to research in the Lancet.
This “huge unmet need” is partly due to a focus on physical symptoms at the expense of good mental healthcare, researchers say.
They argue depression is often overlooked but could be treated at a fraction of the cost of cancer drugs.
Charities say the current situation is “heartbreaking”.
People often wrongly assume that major depression is part of a natural reaction to cancer – but this is much more than transient sadness, the Edinburgh and Oxford university researchers say.
Their report suggests a new nurse-led treatment could help thousands of people.
In a series of studies they analysed data on 21,000 cancer patients living in Scotland.
They found 6% to 13% of people had clinical depression, compared with just 2% of the general population at any time.

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