Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Nearly one-fifth of patients with cancer experience PTSD, finds a study highlighting the need for early identification, careful monitoring and treatment of PTSD in cancer survivors. Although PTSD is primarily known to develop in individuals following a traumatic event such as a serious accident or natural disaster, it can also occur in patients diagnosed with cancer. "Many cancer patients believe they need to adopt a 'warrior mentality', and remain positive and optimistic from diagnosis through treatment to stand a better chance of beating their cancer. To these patients, seeking help for the emotional issues they face is akin to admitting weakness," said Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, from the National University of Malaysia. ‘People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are not in danger. It can also occur in patients diagnosed with cancer.’ "There needs to be greater awareness that there is nothing wrong with getting help to manage the emotional upheaval, particularly depression, anxiety, and PTSD post-cancer," Chan said. Moreover, many patients also live in fear that their cancer may come back and they may think the cancer has returned with every lump or bump, pain or ache, fatigue or fever. In addition, survivors might skip visits to their oncologists or other physicians to avoid triggering memories of their past cancer experience. This can lead to delays in seeking help for new symptoms or even refusal of treatment for unrelated conditions, the researchers noted. "We need psychological evaluation and support services for patients with cancer at an initial stage and at continued follows-up because psychological well-being and mental health -- and by extension, quality of life -- are just as important as physical health," Chan said. For the study, published in the journal Cancer, the team examined 469 adults with various cancer types and found a PTSD incidence of 21.7 percent at 6-months follow-up. Although the rates dropped to 6.1 percent at 4-years follow-up, roughly one-third of patients were found to have persistent or worsening symptoms four years later.Source: IANS << Scientists Discover How to Switch Liver Cancer Cell Growth Simple Tips To Help You Achieve Silky, Smooth Feet >> Recommended Reading Delayed-onset PTSD may be Experienced by Some Patients With Dementia Symptoms of delayed-onset post-traumatic in the elderly may be misdiagnosed as falling under the umbrella of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), according to a recent review. READ MORE Gut Microbiome May Cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Stress and emotions can change the composition of the gut microbiome. Research discovered role of the gut microbiome in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) READ MORE Old Memories Coupled With Stress Increases Risk For PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 8 million people every year. It is necessary to recognize threats, as it is an essential function of the human mind. READ MORE PTSD Is Not Only Psychological, But Physical: Study Usually, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is considered as a psychological disorder, but researchers found that physical difference in the brain was also seen. READ MORE Andropause / Male Menopause Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones, like testosterone. Symptoms of andropause are depression, irritability. READ MORE Heart Attack- Lifestyle risks Heart attack is the death of the heart muscle due to loss of blood supply. Simple guidelines to avoid heart attack are listed. READ MORE Is Your Man Moody? Women get confused by the behavior of men in their lives. It is time they realize that men too have frequent mood swings. READ MORE Palpitations And Arrhythmias Palpitations are unpleasant sensation of one’s own heartbeat. READ MORE Stress and the Gender Divide Stress has become entwined in the current lifestyle of a young working couple and has resulted in the rise in incidence of hypertension, diabetes and psychosomatic illnesses. READ MORE Tattoos A Body Art Tattoos are a rage among college students who sport it for the ‘cool dude’ or ‘cool babe’ look READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Noscaphene (Noscapine) Find a Doctor Daily Calorie Requirements More News on: Cancer and HomeopathyPalpitations And ArrhythmiasStress Relief Through Alternative MedicineStress and the Gender DivideCancer FactsAndropause / Male MenopauseCancerTattoos A Body ArtHeart Attack- Lifestyle RisksIs Your Man Moody?