1. Any crisis such as a major illness or a chronic illness can trigger anxiety and/or depression; it just depends on the person. However, there are some types of cancer where depression can be the first presenting symptom, i.e. pancreatic cancer.
2. Depression and anxiety do not CAUSE chronic pain, but chronic pain can increase depression and anxiety.
Mary K. Hughes, R.N., C.N.S. The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Psychiatry Department 1515 Holcombe, 453 Houston, TX 77030 Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist Voice Mail: 713-745-4630 Office: 713-745-3344 Clinic: 713-792-6600 Fax: 713-794-4999
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