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Breast Cancer and Community-Based Oncology Depression Screening Program

Updated: Jan 12


Researchers sought to examine if a greater proportion of breast cancer referrals to behavioral health could be achieved for patients in community oncology (non-academic centers) by instituting a depression screening program compared to an education-only strategy.

The study involved 1,436 breast cancer patients at 6 medical centers. The patients received tailored (patient specific) strategies or an education-only strategy. The patients who were referred to a tailored strategy were significantly more likely to enroll in a behavioral health program compared to the patients offered an education-only strategy.

Overall findings suggest that tailored strategies for implementation of routine depression screening results in a greater proportion of breast cancer referrals to behavioral care.

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The Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF) is one of the most active research organizations in the nation. We are dedicated to studying and evaluating novel treatments for women afflicted with breast, ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers. The WCRF persistently endeavors to make a difference in women’s lives by offering them hope, strength, and progress.

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