Multidisciplinary treatment facilities helping towards reducing suicide risk in cancer patients.


Multidisciplinary treatment facilities helping towards reducing suicide risk in cancer patients.
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Multidisciplinary treatment facilities helping towards reducing suicide risk in cancer patients.

Multidisciplinary treatment facilities helping towards reducing suicide risk in cancer patients.

One of Mumbai police force's most decorated officers, Himanshu Roy (54), ended his life on Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Worldwide more than a million deaths are reported of suicide. One of every 5 cases is an IndianThough nationally suicide rate is increasing, studies have shown that suicide rate among people living with cancer is decreasing. Possible explanation for this could be

  1. The increasing survival hopes with better treatment facilities
  2. Better quality of life.

Internationally several studies have identified the higher prevalence of suicide among the people living with cancer .Initial few weeks after the diagnosis of cancer have higher risk of suicide and it gradually decreases thereafter. The risk for suicide is particularly higher for patients diagnosed with aggressive lung and gastrointestinal cancer especially in which cancer is not localised and have aggressive nature. Tumours of brain, blood cancer and genital-related tumours have moderate suicide risk. 

 Various studies have shown the suicide rate is dependent on multiple factors:

  1. Demographic: gender, age, economy, education levels, geographical location, and social status
  2. Biological factors: pain, histological grading and type of tumour, organ system involved, metastasis, etc.
  3. Sociocultural characteristics toward cancer patients .

Proper psychiatric counselling and attention initiated early in the pre-test period or during diagnosis process itself would help to reduce the suicide idealization and its risk.

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