The signal of suicide rates seen from a distance in patients with pancreatic cancer


  • Donna B. Greenberg MD

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    1. Psychiatric Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts
    2. Department if Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
    3. Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
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Although suicide is rare in patients with pancreatic cancer, the higher rate of suicide signals that the anguish of clinical depression is common. Older men, more alone, with a history of substance abuse and depression, soon after diagnosis, are more at risk for suicide; attention to psychiatric syndromes is an integral part of cancer care.