Groundbreaking Research on Depression in Cancer Patients Released at ASTRO Convention

September 4, 2018

Dr. William Small, Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology at Loyola University Chicago

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More than 11,000 of the world’s top cancer doctors and scientists gathered at the 55th annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Atlanta. This year’s theme of the four-day event, starting Monday, September 22, is “Patients: Hope, Guide, Heal,” focused on quality, safety and patient-centered care. 

Dr. William Small, chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Loyola University Chicago, outlines recommendations on depression screening in cancer patients.

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THE SIMPLE TWO QUESTION QUESTIONNAIRE ACTUALLY SCREENED EFFECTIVELY FOR DEPRESSION AND THOSE TWO QUESTIONS WERE, HAVE PATIENTS IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS HAD LITTLE INTEREST OR PLEASURE IN DOING THINGS, OR IF THEY WERE FEELING DOWN, DEPRESSED OR HOPELESS. THE MAIN TAKE HOME MESSAGE FOR THIS TRIAL IS THAT BY ASKING TWO SIMPLE QUESTIONS OF OUR PATIENTS WHO ARE RECEIVING RADIATION, WE CAN EFFECTIVELY SCREEN PATIENTS AND GUIDE THEM TO FURTHER EVALUATION AND CARE.

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