Christopher George Slatore, MD

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Social Behavioral Research Grant

What is the Role of Depression in Lung Cancer Care?

Christopher George SlatoreMany people with lung cancer also suffer from depression and it can often be overlooked. Depression can be treated well with established therapies. Identifying its role in lung cancer care could improve quality of life and decrease illness among the large number of patients who suffer from depression and lung cancer. Dr. Slatore’s research is looking at the relationship between depression and health outcomes among lung cancer patients such as the timeliness of care (meaning the time from first symptoms of lung cancer to treatment), receipt of recommended therapies and receipt of quit smoking services. This research could help cement the recommendation to screen for depression, as well as, offer treatment incentives to improve health outcomes for the large number of lung cancer patients with depression.

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