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Stress-related morbidity and mortality in newly diagnosed cancer patients

About this project

Project information

Project status

In progress


Katja Fall

Research subject

Stressful life events have been associated with increased risks for cardiovascular and psychiatric morbidity. We demonstrated previously that a cancer diagnosis, representing a stressful life-event, entails immediate and dramatically increased risks for cardiovascular disease and suicide. Occurring shortly after a cancer diagnosis, such severe health events are likely to represent the most extreme consequences of emotional stress among newly diagnosed cancer patients rather than side-effects of cancer treatment. Our studies aim to further explore health consequences related to cancer diagnostic work-up and waiting-time from diagnosis to treatment decisions.

Research funding bodies

  • The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE)