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Don’t overlook patients’ mental pain when treating cancer, UCT ...


Don’t overlook patients’ mental pain when treating cancer, UCT study urges

It recommends a palliative care approach which prioritises holistic assessment and management of symptoms


A first-of-its kind study has found that pain and depression plague advanced cancer patients in spite of medical advances.

Most patients are stressed and some are on the brink of major depression, according to palliative care and radiation oncology researchers from the University of Cape Town and their counterparts at King’s College London.

Exhaustion was the most prevalent symptom among 343 stage 3 and 4 cancer patients receiving oncology treatment in the public and private sectors, with two thirds reporting feeling tired or drowsy...

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