Friday, February 4, 2011

Depression Protection

According to a study, between 15-25% of cancer patients have been found to experience depression or anxiety after being diagnosed.
Getting help can boost up a patient's morale and recovery.
A breast cancer patient for example who received stress-management therapy showed increased immune response, had lower rates of recurrence, and lived twice as long as patients without any support.

Cancer is stressful and feelings of loneliness, hopelessness warrant therapy and possibly medications.

Encourage cancer victims to maintain social connections, ask for help and determine which friends should give specific types of support. Some friends are best at helping them with tasks around the house such as errands, while others are best at sitting with you and talking.

Antidepressant medications that are commonly used are Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft, which have been found to decrease the effectiveness of the breast-cancer drug tamoxifen, so some patients may need to take alternative antidepressant medications such as Effexor or Calexa.

Take green tea regularly and exercise at least 2 hours a week which can help decrease the risk of depression among breast-cancer patients.