The impact of urological cancer on mental well being


Interesting abstract on the urgent need for further research into the impact of bladder cancer on mental well being 

Recent research shows that mental health and urological cancer may have significant effects on one another, and many urological patients may experience impacts on their mental wel lbeing soon after they are diagnosed.  Such factors may worsen the results and outcomes of treatments or even contribute to an increased risk of suicide.  All groups of patients with urological cancers experience considerable treatment burdens that are emotionally and psychologically taxing. Some treatment options may result in a reduction in quality of life, which may contribute to a risk of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress.  There is, therefore, a clear need for further research in this area and a requirement for mental well being interventions for those patients diagnosed with bladder cancer.



1)                 King's College London, School of Cancer and Pharmaceutical Studies,Translational Oncology & Urology Research (TOUR), London, UK

2)                 The Institute of Cancer & Genomic Sciences, University ofBirmingham, Birmingham, UK

3)                 Department of Radiation Oncology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

4)                 Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

5)                 Department of Surgical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

6)                 Department of Biobank Research, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

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