Uri Goldberg, from Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, discusses an observational cross-sectional study that catalogued depression among patients with cancer by stage and source of malignancy.
“Patients with pain, in general, and especially with severe pain, have lower appetites,” Goldberg says.
Researchers also found that age was directly correlated with an affirmative answer to the statement, “I would be better off dead.”
“As patients age, […] they become more depressed and they feel their life is less worth living,” he says.
These data were released in conjunction with the annual meeting of the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), a gathering of over 35,000 oncologists and other oncology professionals in Chicago.