Published on April 1, 2022
MONDAY, March 28 (The New York Times) — One day years ago, during her training in neurology, Dr. Corinna Seliger-Behme met a man with end-stage bladder cancer. Before the diagnosis, the man had a stable family and job, and no history of mental health problems, Dr. Seliger-Behme recalled. But, soon after learning of his terminal disease, he tried to kill himself with a knife in the bathtub. He spent the last week of his life in the psychiatric ward.
That patient’s situation was extreme, but the psychological distress brought on by cancer is significant for many patients. Two studies published on Monday quantify the psychological burden of cancer in fine detail, pulling from much larger data sets than previous research. The findings make a compelling case for oncologists to have more discussions with their patients about mental health struggles.
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Organizations across the U.S. are doing extraordinary work to provide medically underserved and disproportionately impacted communities with the education, screenings and vaccinations they need to prevent cancer or detect it early. Since 2007, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in community grants in 37 states and American Samoa and to the Washoe Tribe.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation’s community grants program invites applications focused on providing cancer prevention education, outreach and screening in LGBTQ+ communities.
Apply today for the 2022 community grants cycle. See the guidelines and submission instructions for these one-year, $25,000 awards and apply by April 25 at 5 p.m. ET.