PTSD and Cancer Diagnosis

Reading blogs by those who have been diagnosed with cancer is illuminating.  At least for some breast cancer patient blogs, their experience has been confirmed by recently reported research.

A telephone survey of women who received breast cancer diagnosis confirms that almost 1/4 report symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Alfred I. Neugut, MD, PhD of Columbia University  and colleagues reported the findings of the study conducted between 2006 and 2010  online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Identifying and managing PTSD early on could help women with their experience of breast cancer diagnosis.  This is one of the first studies done to measure PTSD, the authors stated.

Thank you  MedPage Today for reporting this story.


4 thoughts on “PTSD and Cancer Diagnosis”

  1. Thanks for highlighting this study. I believe more awareness needs to be brought to the issue of PTSD following a diagnosis of cancer in order for patients to know when to seek treatment (if necessary). It is also important for patients and their caregivers to acknowledge the fact that the impact of cancer extends beyond the physical treatment of the disease. The post treatment period has been likened to post-traumatic stress as cancer patients struggle to process the experience and move on with their lives/

  2. How interesting this statistic. I’m not sure if I experienced PTSD any of the three times I was diagnosed. But I’m sure that many patients have gone through this. I sincerely hope this phenomenon is taken seriously. As Marie says, there is treatment available, provided denial does not get in the way. xo

    1. I really believe that people go through a period of shock (at the very least) and it is important that this is seen as normal and true help is provided. I also agree with Marie that the impact is beyond physical treatment and may be long lasting. I thought the study finally confirms what so many women have been saying on the Internet. Hope you are well Jan and thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

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