Alleviating Depression in Cancer Patients from Underserved Communities

March 25, 2024
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Recent research indicates that about one in four cancer patients experience depression, which can be even higher for people from underserved communities as they often lack adequate access to mental health care.

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Heidi Hamann, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UACC contributed to a study that gave enrolled patients access to a 12-week depression coping program. Of those who participated, it was found that 65% showed significant improvement in their depression symptoms.

For more on the research and goals for the future:

Read the UA Cancer Center article

Updated: 03/25/24