A study of women in Denmark diagnosed with early stage breast cancer — who later suffered depression — had disturbing findings.
- Breast cancer patients who took antidepressants were less likely to get the recommended cancer treatment and had lower survival rates.
- Women who took antidepressants had lower breast cancer survival rates to five years after diagnosis.
- The findings suggest that depressed women need careful attention before and after after treatment.
“Women with mental health needs may require assistance in making treatment decisions and navigating the health care system,” he added in an ASCO news release.
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