AffiliationCancer Research Campaign, Psychological Medicine Group, Christie Hospital, Manchester M20 9BX, U.K.
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AbstractSomatic symptoms considered as unrelated to cancer or grossly out of proportion to the known pathology were systematically assessed in a group of 98 consecutively referred cases. Subjects with prominent somatic symptoms (somatisers) had depression (53%), anxiety (12%) and atypical somatoform disorder (27%). During follow-up, somatisers with depression showed clinical improvement whereas those with atypical somatoform disorder showed no improvement or deteriorated. Methods of distinguishing the cause of somatic symptoms in cancer patients are discussed.
CitationNon-organic somatic symptoms in cancer.1993, 29 (7):1006-1008 Eur. J. Cancer
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer