First-line treatment for prostate cancer and use of antidepressants

According to a recently reported study in the journal European Urology, men who received first-line surgery or radiation therapy for non-metastatic prostate cancer were significantly more likely to have taken an antidepressant 5 years later than comparable men who didn’t get such treatment. … READ MORE …

Now here’s a REALLY unsurprising piece of news!

A new report in the journal JAMA Oncology is said to have detailed “the psychological damage” that a cancer diagnosis “often leaves in its wake for patients.” … READ MORE …

ADT and the risk for depression

It will come as no great surprise to most readers of this blog that androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) used in the treatment of  men with progressive forms of prostate cancer comes with a significant risk for depression (as well as other effects on cognitive function). … READ MORE …

If you’re already depressed, you may need help to make good decisions

In a rather less that surprising finding, a new paper in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that men with existing depressive disorders at the time of diagnosis with prostate cancer “are less likely to undergo definitive treatment and experience worse overall survival.” … READ MORE …

Clinical depression among prostate cancer patients: a 10-year analysis

The association of depression with a diagnosis of and subsequent treatment for prostate cancer is well appreciated, but the prevalence of that depression and the burden it places on men with prostate cancer over time has been less well documented. … READ MORE …

Psychiatric treatment among Swedish men with prostate cancer

A new paper in the European Journal of Cancer suggests that men with prostate cancer are at increased risk for depression, for post-traumatic stress disorder, and for use of antidepressant drugs compared to age-matched controls. … READ MORE …

Is ED a cause of depression in prostate cancer patients?

It is unlikely to come as any big surprise to the average prostate cancer patient who was potent before first-line therapy but has erectile dysfunction (ED) afterward that there might be an association between ED and depression after initial treatment for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …