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Michael Miovic and Susan Block Psychiatric disorders in advanced cancer Cancer 110

Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2007 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.22980

This article reviews the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of psychiatric disorders in patients with advanced cancer, including adjustment disorders, major depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, substance abuse, and major mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Psychiatric conditions are common in patients with advanced disease, and treating them improves quality of life; also, effective communication skills are key to dealing with end-of-life issues.

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