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Mental health
Cognitive behavioural therapy is not effective for depression in advanced cancer but could help in anxiety or other psychological symptoms
  1. Marie-Ève Caron,
  2. Dave Bergeron
  1. Department of Nursing, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dave Bergeron, Department of Nursing, Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, Rimouski, QC G5L 3A1, Canada; Dave_Bergeron{at}uqar.ca

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Commentary on: Serfaty M, King M, Nazareth I, et al. Manualised cognitive-behavioural therapy in treating depression in advanced cancer: the CanTalk RCT. Health Technol Assess 2019;23:1–106.

Implications for practice and research

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is not effective for depression in advanced cancer but might be effective to address other psychological symptoms.

  • Psychological symptoms and needs in advanced cancer patients should be assessed promptly to tailor interventions.

  • Nurse-led interventions should be further evaluated to identify whether they are appropriate for more timely management of psychological needs.

Context

Patients suffering from cancer must face the illness itself, but also a lot of adversity throughout it. Indeed, there are multiple effects and side effects of cancer and a notable side effect is depression. Depression can affect up to 40% of cancer patients.1 CBT is an empirically effective treatment for severe depression. Therefore, …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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