Anxiety and depression among long-term survivors of cancer in Australia: results of a population-based survey

Allison W Boyes, Afaf Girgis, Alison C Zucca and Christophe Lecathelinais
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02801.x
Published online: 7 September 2009

In reply: We thank Couper and colleagues for their interest in our article,1 but reiterate that we focused on anxiety and depression experienced by long-term cancer survivors, specifically at 5–6 years after diagnosis. We agree that longitudinal studies are vital for understanding the level of psychological distress experienced during the years since diagnosis, and as discussed in our article, we are currently undertaking a longitudinal study with a diversity of cancer patients to assess a comprehensive range of physical, psychological, social and lifestyle effects of cancer.

  • Allison W Boyes
  • Afaf Girgis
  • Alison C Zucca
  • Christophe Lecathelinais

  • Centre for Health Research & Psycho-oncology (CHeRP), Cancer Council NSW, University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute, Newcastle, NSW.


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