Jan 21, 2012 - 7:02 pm
My cancer dx was confirmed four weeks after an interesting event near me that i would surely have gone to like a shot had the timing been the other way round. This was the first ever Kidney Cancer Patient Day in Scotland, attended by 20 patients and their friends and families to hear talks by leading experts and interact in Q and A sessions. I hope I survive long enough to go to the next one. The gist of the proceedings has been published and it might contain items of interest to some of us here:
I was surprised that it didn't touch on depression, which, when profound/severe is a far worse condition than any sort of cancer but which inevitably is often an additional burden on a cancer victim. The excellent KCA book We Have Kidney Cancer also doesn't even mention depression, though it talks of stress and distress. I think this is a subject which should be given greater prominence and I was interested to find this UK reference to some interesting US research suggesting that cancer cells may be one possible source of depressive illness:
I'd be interested to hear anyone's thoughts on either of these links.