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Anxiety Disorders 

Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety Disorders

Alan D. Valentine

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date: 25 February 2021

Cancer patients are vulnerable to anxiety in all phases of the disease experience, from screening for risk in those without documented disease, through active treatment, to life as a cancer survivor or to end-stage disease in those who do not survive. Low intensity anxiety is often self-limited and may be contained fairly easily. Anxiety is not always maladaptive and sometimes has beneficial effects, but more persistent or intense anxiety can significantly affect a patient's ability to function in all aspects of life and interfere with treatment. Chronic anxiety may result from serious medical pathology.

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