understandable medical journals, lung cancer depression & parent’s cancer diagnosis

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – A collective of pharmaceutical and biotech companies is pushing for clearer and more accessible language in medical journals.

The group, Open Pharma, wants peer reviews on medical research to be more understandable for everyone, including patients and healthcare providers.

Open Phrama says the change would improve transparency and patient care.

Lung cancer depression

The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for high levels of anxiety in lung cancer patients, often caused because treatment was affected.

According to the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, nearly a third of lung cancer patients reported experiencing fear and distress during the height of the pandemic.

Patients battling both lung cancer and depression were nearly four and a half times more likely to experience delays in their cancer treatment.

Parental Cancer Diagnosis

A new study looks at how a parent’s cancer diagnosis can affect their child.

European researchers say 96 percent of the children in their study experienced behavioral changes, including anxiety, academic difficulties and even substance abuse after a parent’s diagnosis.

Doctors say families should communicate openly about a diagnosis and consider outside sources to help children process their emotions.

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