Cancer causes excess mortality in those with mental illness in the United States[i][ii], and while incidence rates have been found to be comparable between people with and without a history of mental illness, cancer-related mortality is higher[iii] in people with mental illness. In addition to the physical impacts of cancer, fear of disease recurrence, alteration of one’s identity, and perceived loss of support from friends, family, and one’s providers can exacerbate pre-existing mental health issues and increase long-term risks associated with more severe psychological disorders[iv]. Supporting individuals with mental illness around their cancer diagnosis is an essential component of holistic care that can affect an individual’s long-term prognosis[v] and outcomes.

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