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Depression and fatigue 

Depression and fatigue
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Depression and fatigue
Author(s):

Elizabeth Kvale

, Casey Balentine Azuero

, and Eric Walker

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550197.003.0017
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date: 19 September 2019

Diagnosing depression in cancer patients is challenging because the somatic complaints of a depressed patient often mirror those of a cancer patient. For example, fatigue and poor appetite are typically present in both groups. Chapter 17 discusses the critical part of care of recognizing depressive symptoms and determining the appropriate level of intervention. Treatment may range from brief counselling or support groups to medication and/or psychotherapy. Concurrent and proactive efforts to stabilize weight loss among cancer patients experiencing depression are essential to minimize the impact of depression on clinical outcomes.

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