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Depression can be treated

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Paul Edwards

A recent UK study found that 75% of cancer patients, who were diagnosed with depression, were not receiving adequate treatment.

 

While depression is common among men with prostate cancer, it can be treated.  Tackling depression early may mean that you can deal with other problems more easily and quickly.

 

Ways to help manage depression can include:

·Counselling

 Ask your treatment team or call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 for more information. Your GP can help you access the Medicare-funded Better Access initiative, which provides counselling with social workers and psychologists. A free consultation with a psychologist is available through prostmate.org.au

·Medication

 This is helpful for some people. Even if you feel you have good reason to be depressed, medication can help stop depression becoming an additional problem.

 

 

For information on depression and tips on overcoming it, contact:

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