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According to the World Health Organization each year more than 10 million new cases are diagnosed of cancer?
In addition, the WHO foresees that by 2020 the figure of 16 million new cancer cases per year will have been reached.
It is common for people diagnosed with some type of cancer to have anxiety problems. This anxiety is usually experienced both, at the time of cancer diagnosis and throughout the treatment. There are many moments of stress because of the harshness of cancer treatment and the uncertain outcome.
It is also very important to take care of the form and amount of information that is given to the cancer patients, because the degree of anxiety is closely related to it. The more and better information is given to the patients, the better they will face their illness.
We must also point out that not only cancer patients are affected by anxiety, they can also suffer from their closest relatives who will accompany them throughout the process.
Depression can also appear in some patients at any time during treatment, be it surgical, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
A psychotherapeutic or psychological support is advisable in almost all cases.
(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)