Things are Getting Brighter

Cancer treatment and depression go hand-in-hand. In fact, this belief was previously so entrenched in the health care community that it was viewed as an unfortunate, yet unchangeable fact. Today – although depression remains a major challenge for cancer patients – there are now many effective depression treatments available to improve the quality of life…

HCV Blues

By some estimates, depression is experienced by up to one in every three people with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. This is accounted for, in part, by the risk of depression that occurs in chronic, long-term diseases of all kinds. For hepatitis C specifically, depression remains a common yet underdiagnosed and undertreated complication. Understanding…

Who Isn’t Taking Their Cancer Medication?

Just a few years ago, a physician knew immediately if a patient didn’t follow the prescribed cancer treatment, because the treatment was likely given intravenously at a health care facility. If the patient missed a scheduled appointment, then the physician could work to get the patient back in compliance. Today, oral cancer medications have increasingly…

What If A Pill Doesn’t Make It Easier?

At first glance, it would seem like a slam-dunk idea: improve patient medication adherence by switching from an injectable medication to an oral one. An easy-to-swallow pill must be better than an uncomfortable needle stick, one would assume. Yet this is not necessarily the case. For example, with multiple sclerosis, many patients actually stick to…

Hepatitis C Blues

Hepatitis C and depression tend to go hand-in-hand. For starters, there is the psychological impact of being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. But with hepatitis C, the situation gets trickier. Certain medications used in the treatment of hepatitis C – which are needed to clear the virus and avoid cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death –…