Mecheline HM van der Linden

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BACKGROUND The objective of this study is to obtain insight into distress in spouses and patients treated for head and neck cancer. METHODS Forty-one patient-spouse pairs completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Inclusion criteria included curative treatment for head and neck cancer. Exclusion criteria were visiting the clinic without a(More)
BACKGROUND Breast-conserving surgery for breast cancer was developed as a method to preserve healthy breast tissue, thereby improving cosmetic outcomes. Thus far, the primary aim of breast-conserving surgery has been the achievement of tumour-free resection margins and prevention of local recurrence, whereas the cosmetic outcome has been considered less(More)
To investigate prospectively the prevalence of high levels of emotional distress and referral rate to psychosocial care in head and neck cancer (HNSCC) patients. Fifty-five consecutive newly diagnosed HNSCC patients were asked to complete the hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS) and the EORTC QLQ-C30 and H&N35 quality of life questionnaires on a(More)
Psychological distress occurs frequently in patients with cancer. Psychological distress includes mild and severe forms of both anxious and depressive mood states. Literature indicates that effective management of psychological distress seems to require targeted selection of patients (T), followed by enhanced care (E), and the application of evidence based(More)
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