Patients with brain tumor should be screened for depression

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May 21, 2015

An article published in CNS Oncology reports that depression is a common but overlooked condition among patients with a brain tumor.  According to senior author, Adomas Bunevicius, MD, PhD, of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas, Lithuania, "Psychological distress is an important complication in patients with brain tumors, but often remains undiagnosed and untreated...Methodologically rigorous studies aiming to identify the most optimal depression screening tools for patients with brain tumor are lacking. As a consequence, to date there are no evidence-based depression diagnostic algorithms." Authors recommend that oncologists should screen brain tumor patients for signs of depression routinely and propose more studies on the effectiveness of antidepressive treatments as well as the value of depression biomarkers.

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