Depressive symptoms during and after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer.

  title={Depressive symptoms during and after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer.},
  author={Susanne Sehlen and Marcus R Lenk and Peter Herschbach and Uelker Aydemir and Marc Dellian and Beatrice Schymura and Helmuth Hollenhorst and Eckhart Duehmke},
  journal={Head & neck},
  volume={25 12},
BACKGROUND Patients with head and neck cancer are extraordinarily susceptible to depressive traits. Thus, a general screening of these patients at their first admission to the ital is desirable. METHODS From 1997-2001, 133 patients with head and neck tumors filled in the Self-Rating-Depression-Scale (SDS) at the beginning and end of radiotherapy (ti1/ti2), 6 weeks, and 6 months after radiotherapy (ti3/ti4). RESULTS.: The SDS index increased significantly from 46.44 (ti1) to 48.91(ti2) (p… CONTINUE READING

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