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Side Effect: Mood Changes

What are Mood Changes?

What do Mood Changes look like?

Who gets Mood Changes?

How long do Mood Changes last?

How do you prevent Mood Changes?

Although difficult, there are several strategies that may be helpful in preventing mood changes in patients with cancer. Strategies include psychosocial support, education, and medications. Below are examples of people or activities patients can engage in before, during, or after treatment to assist.

Social support, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness-based stress reduction are all ways to possibly prevent mood changes or reduce the intensity.

How do you treat Mood Changes?

Medications – antidepressants




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2. Jang YS, Yoon NY, Hurh K, Park EC, Ha MJ. Association between changes in having of cancer patients in the family and depression: A longitudinal panel study. J Affect Disord. 2023 Jul 15;333:482-488.

Created: April 29, 2024 Updated: April 29, 2024