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Rounds in the General Hospital

Is Depression an Appropriate Response to Having Cancer? A Discussion of Diagnostic Criteria and Treatment Decisions

Anne F. Gross, MD; Felicia A. Smith, MD; and Theodore A. Stern, MD

Published: October 15, 2007

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Have you ever wondered if it is normal to be depressed after discoveringthat you have cancer? Have you puzzled over how to tell yourpatient that he or she has metastatic disease? Have you ever assumed thatdiminished energy, refusal to eat, and insomnia are consequences of chemotherapy?

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