Can depression be an early sign of cancer?

SF73 Member Posts: 317 Member

This series is my new obsession.

Do you remember being depressed prior to getting your diagnosis?


  • derMaus
    derMaus Member Posts: 558 Member
    I've been depressed my whole

    I've been depressed my whole life. The cancer didn't come along 'till I was 59.

  • cmb
    cmb Member Posts: 1,001 Member
    Interesting Question

    An interesting question and article. No, I did not suffer from depression before my cancer was diagnosed. Actually, I was feeling quite happy with how things were going in my life at the time.

  • CheeseQueen57
    CheeseQueen57 Member Posts: 933 Member

    No, it was some of the happiest times of my life. 

  • It happened to Me
    It happened to Me Member Posts: 206 Member

    I didn't read the article.  I only had a bout of depression when my world caved in when my mom had a tia, and my dad had a brain aneurysm burst within 9 months of each other.  I was on anti-depressants for about 2 years.  That was 5 years before my diagnosis.    I know that an immune system that is suppressed or compromised is better for cancer to grow than a healthy one is.  Although, I also know that cancer is no respector of persons.  It doesn't care who you are or what your social status is or where you live or any of that.  I was the healthiest eater in my family and I exercised more than the others (although, that wasn't much) and I am the one who got cancer.  Don't obsess SF73.  Refocus your thinking.  That's what I have to do when I start to obsess about something.  Becareful where you get your information too.  I don't trust most news/media sites.     Jeanette

  • EZLiving66
    EZLiving66 Member Posts: 1,483 Member
    I sure wasn't depressed. I

    I sure wasn't depressed. I probably was the happiest I had been in my life.  Or, maybe now I'm the happiest? 



  • janaes
    janaes Member Posts: 799 Member
    You know i was thinking about

    You know i was thinking about that a little since my recent diagnosis of the skin cancer (by the way both spots are all clear now). I have know idea why this one showed up. I agree alot with Itcouldhappentome. I think ive mentioned before that i have had cancer three times know and very few other family members have had it. No emmidiate family from parents down. Just an uncle and grandparents.   I was the one that probably tanned the least while growing up.  I had gone swimming alot with my kids for a few summers in a row. Not in the last rwo years though.  Who really knows.  But i do have to admit that i wasnt in a very healthy marriage while i must have developed my uterine cancer. I seperated from my husband and then found it.  My doctors did tell me it was csused by the radiation given to me while treating my first cancer 25 years ago.  I believe that is very likely because i did have alot of radiation for my stage 4 hodgkins desease.  But i still think about the stress being a reason.  Who really knows.  Im going to ask my god one day.

    I like this thread though. Thanks for sharing.

  • Armywife
    Armywife Member Posts: 451 Member
    Looks Interesting

    I was happy before my diagnosis, but before that, the main part of my adult life was extremely stressful until the past five years.  Lots of unhappiness then.