Depression

Symptoms such as depressed mood, diminished interest or pleasure in activities that were previously enjoyed, loss of energy, feeling of worthlessness or guilt, diminished ability to think or concentrate, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide are indicative of depression. Depressive symptoms in people with cancer may be attributed to the diagnosis of cancer or side effects of cancer treatment and can be seen as part of the continuum of cancer-related distress. Depressive symptoms are common in patients with advanced cancer, with 5%–25% estimated overall occurrence rates among patients with all types of cancer.

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2017–2019 Authors
Diane G. Cope, RN, PhD, ARNP-BC, AOCNP®, Helene Coignet, RN, OCN®, Susanne Conley, RN, MSN, CPON®, AOCNS®, Ashley Doherty, MPH, BSN, RN, Lorraine Drapek, RN, AOCNP®, FNP-BC, Kaitlin Feldenzer, BSN, RN, OCN®, CHPN, Tammie L. Sherner, MSN, APRN-CNS, Patsy Smith, RN, PhD, Thiruppavai Sundaramurthi, PhD, RN, CCRN, OCN®, and Deborah K. Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®
ONS Staff: Pamela Ginex, EdD, MPH, RN, OCN®, Margaret M. Irwin, PhD, RN, MN, Christine M. Maloney, BA, Kerri A. Moriarty, MLS, and Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS
 
2007–2016 Authors
Terry A. Badger, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, Angelia Berkowitz, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Helene Coignet, RN, OCN®, Susanne Conley, RN, MSN, CPON®, AOCNS®, Diane G. Cope, RN, PhD, ARNP-BC, AOCNP®, Ashley Doherty, MPH, BSN, RN, Lorraine Drapek, RN, AOCNP®, FNP-BC, Kaitlin Feldenzer, BSN, RN, OCN®, CHPN, Patricia J. Friend, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, Caryl D. Fulcher, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, Ashley K. Gunter, RN, BSN, OCN®, Hee-Ju Kim, PhD, RN, OCN®, Shamsha Lalwani, RN, Joyce A. Marrs, MS, APRN-BC, AOCNP®, Jill M. Reese, RN, BSN, OCN®, Tammie L. Sherner, MSN, APRN-CNS, Patsy Smith, RN, PhD, Thiruppavai Sundaramurthi, PhD, RN, CCRN, OCN®, Meghan L. Underhill, PhD, RN, AOCNS®, and Deborah K. Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN®
ONS Staff: Heather Belansky, RN, MSN, Margaret M. Irwin, PhD, RN, MN, Christine M. Maloney, BA, Kerri A. Moriarty, MLS, Robi Thomas, MS, RN, AOCN®, CHPN, and Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS

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