1 in 5 shows PTSD symptoms after cancer diagnosis, study finds

According to new research published in the journal Cancer, approximately 1 in 5 people with cancer also develop post-traumatic stress disorder within six months of diagnosis, reports Bob Tedeschi in Stat News. This confirms a long-held assumption about PTSD and cancer.

The study looked at 245 cases over a four-year period in Malaysia and in Boston. Almost 22% of cancer patients were diagnosed with PTSD, with more than 6% of them still struggling with PTSD six years post-diagnosis.

The study is also of interest because it looked at people with a variety of cancers, including some rare cancers.

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