Year: 2001 Source: Psycho-Oncology, v.10, no.2, (March-April 2001), p.156-165 SIEC No: 20010996

100 consecutive cancer patients were assessed using 2 structured methods for assessing major depressive disorder & using a depression rating scale. 28% of patients were depressed using both criteria. Age & sex did not have any influence on the assessment of major depression. Both the structured interview & the rating scale were able to identify suicide ideation. Patients who were depressed using both assessments of depression had more metastasis & pain than non-depressed patients. (69 refs.)