Population-based retrospective study to investigate preexisting and new depression diagnosis among head and neck cancer patients

Katherine Rieke, Eugene Boilesen, William Lydiatt, Kendra K. Schmid, Julia Houfek, Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway

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Abstract

This study aimed to estimate the pre-cancer prevalence and post-cancer incidence of depression in older adult head and neck cancer patients. Using SEER-Medicare files, cancer was identified from SEER data and depression diagnosis was identified using Medicare claims. Of 3533 head and neck cancer patients, 10.6% were diagnosed with depression during the two years prior to cancer diagnosis, and an additional 8.9% developed depression in the year following cancer diagnosis. This study supports the critical need of screening for depression throughout cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as a preventative approach in depression development in the older head and neck cancer patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Epidemiology
Volume43
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Epidemiology
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Oncology
  • SEER-Medicare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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