Feelings of depression are common when patients and family members are coping with cancer. It's normal to feel sadness and grief. Dreams, plans, and the future may seem uncertain. But if a person has been sad for a long time or is having trouble carrying out day-to-day activities, there is reason to be concerned.
The diagnosis of cancer creates a flood of negative emotions for patients on the receiving end. Cancer patients are especially prone to depression because of cancer’s symptoms and treatments.1 Depressive symptoms stemming from a cancer diagnosis are treatable when discovered.