Depression disorders represent a significant issue in oncology. 15-20% of cancer patients suffer from symptoms which can be related specifically to depression disorders. This study evaluates the emotional status in a group of elderly patients with lung cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The study assessed the presence and the level of depression in elderly patients with lung cancer and compared the findings with the level of depression in elderly patients with non-pulmonary cancer and with healthy elderly persons. The study was based on a sample of 97 subjects (31 with lung cancer, 35 had non-pulmonary cancer 31 were healthy), aged ≥ 65 years old. An anamnestic schedule and the Geriatric Depression Scale were administered. The results did not show significant differences in the levels of depression among the three groups.
|Translated title of the contribution||Depression in elderly patients with lung cancer|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Psicoterapia Cognitiva e Comportamentale|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
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