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BACKGROUND Previous epidemiological studies have indicated that the risk of suicide in cancer patients is higher than that of the general population. In addition, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) have recently become controversial medical, ethical and legal issues all over the world. Although suicide in cancer patients and appropriate(More)
BACKGROUND Adjustment disorders and major depression are common psychiatric disorders in patients with cancer and have a serious impact on quality of life. The problem in clinical oncology settings is underrecognition of these disorders; as a result, screening is recommended to detect them. The goal of the current study was to develop a new, brief screening(More)
Diagnosing depression in cancer patients has been challenging because the diagnostic criteria include somatic symptoms frequently attributed to the cancer itself or its treatment. However, few studies have explored how to appropriately deal with individual somatic symptoms. The authors used data from 220 cancer patients with major depression to examine the(More)
INTRODUCTION Treatment of major depression in advanced cancer patients is often difficult because of their special characteristics. METHOD The authors developed a treatment algorithm for major depression in advanced cancer patients and report on their clinical experience using it. The applicability, tolerability, and clinical efficacy of the algorithm(More)
BACKGROUND There were no previous studies in Japan on the psychological distress of members of families with cancer patients which focussed on the disclosure of the diagnosis of cancer. This study was designed to investigate factors that may have an effect on the psychological distress of family members. METHODS The subjects were 95 members of families of(More)
This study was conducted to investigate the profile of patients referred for psychiatric evaluation of competency among patients with cancer. Among the 1721 referred cancer patients, 43 (2.5%) were referred for competency evaluation. The most common reason for competency evaluation was refusal of test or treatment, and the common psychiatric diagnoses were(More)
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