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Can chemotherapy side effects cause depression? According to the research linked below, they can. Just as important, a cancer diagnosis itself can cause depression. What’s a cancer survivor to do!?
I am a long-term cancer survivor. In my experience oncology does a lousy job of treating the short, long-term and late stage side effects that their treatment causes. My own chemotherapy did a number on both my brain health as well as my emotional health.
The purpose of this post is to educate cancer patient’s about what may happen to them once they undergo chemotherapy.
Certain chemotherapy regimens are known to be associated with a higher likelihood of adverse events. The chemo regimens listed below are by no means the only ones that can cause side effects and depression but there are several regimens that are really toxic. So be aware!
Some chemotherapy regimens that are often associated with more significant adverse events include:
Okay- if you are a cancer survivor who has undergone chemo and you’re feeling depressed, what do you do?
Understand that the side effects of cancer treatment that get lots of attention are the obvious ones like hair loss and nausea. While I am not minimizing the seriousness of losing your hair or puking your guts out, I am trying to focus on mind-body issues in this post.
My hair grew back after I lost it all and my nausea passed once I stopped chemotherapy. Emotional problems caused by chemotherapy’s side effects may be more long lasting.
If you are a newly diagnosed cancer patient- any type, any stage- consider the therapies listed below.
Several non-toxic therapies have shown effectiveness in combating depression. It’s important to note that the effectiveness of these therapies can vary from person to person, and it’s always advisable to consult with a mental health professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Here are some non-toxic therapies commonly used for depression:
I’ve spent the years since my cancer diagnosis in early 1994 working on managing the side effects that resulted from my conventional oncological therapies. I can tell you without hesitation that chemotherapy side effects can cause depression.
The mission’s of PeopleBeatingCancer is to both highlight the problems of conventional oncology as well as the potential solutions (therapies) that can help heal oncology’s problems.
“In patients with cancer, serious adverse events (SAEs) are an important method of measuring drug safety that can lead to discontinuation of treatment, hospitalization, or death. Not only are these SAEs physically painful, but they can also result in anxiety or depression…
Among the 112 patients enrolled in the study, 56 were men (50%) and 56 were women (50%). The most common types of cancer present were l
The remaining patients (n = 27; 24.1%) had esophageal cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and hematologic cancer…
Notably, the likelihood of depression in patients with cancer who experienced Serious Adverse Events aka side effects, was greater than the likelihood of anxiety, according to the study authors. These results indicate a need to evaluate anxiety and depression in patients with cancer who are experiencing SAEs, as well as a need to consider providing mental health treatment for patients with cancer with SAEs during oncology clinical trials…”
Chemotherapy Side Effects Cause Depression?