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Prostate cancer linked to suicide, heart attack

Study shows patients need counselling after diagnosis


Men with prostate cancer are at higher risk of suicide and heart attack, especially within a year of their diagnosis. A study in a recent issue of Journal of the National Cancer Institute, based on 340,000 prostate cancer patients in the States between 1979 and 2004, shows that 148 men committed suicide and 6,845 died of cardiovascular diseases. The researchers say these findings represent “the tip of the iceberg of anxiety, mood disturbance, and perhaps other mental illness (or suffering) after a prostate cancer diagnosis.” They conclude that emotional counselling and support for prostate cancer patients is critical to their survival.

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Prostate cancer linked to suicide, heart attack

  1. "Sir, we're afraid you have cancer. It may cause you difficulty in getting an erection and you may begin peeing yourself. Painfully. If left untreated, it also might kill you, but unfortunately the treatment might as well. But hey.. why so glum?"

    Seriously, while it's nice to have statistical data you wonder about why some questions need to be asked.

    • There is big difference between being "glum" and clinical depression leading to suicide. There are many painful and dismal diseases, but only a few of them lead to an elevated risk of suicide. Prostate cancer is one of them. Only by dint of this kind of study will the correct counselling and support resources be made available.

      • Call me crazy, but I tend to think that any diagnosis of a potentially terminal illness, in which the treatment may be debilitating, should just automatically come with counselling and support resources.

  2. This link is only found amongst prostate cancer patients and not other cancer patients? That is odd.

  3. Shortness of breath, chest pains, elevated respiration rate with little chest movement are signs of pneumothorax, but may also indicate a heart attack, asthma, stroke, or may even be the symptoms of an asbestos cancer such as lung cancer or mesothelioma.