Posted on October 4, 2009 by
Panic as a harbinger of pancreatic cancer.
Salem VAMC, Mental Health, Code 116A7, 1970 Roanoke Blvd., Salem, VA 24153, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: Previous literature has discussed the diagnosis of cancer with psychiatric symptoms. There are noted associations made between pancreatic cancer and depression and anxiety symptoms both in literature and textbooks. METHOD: The authors discuss the case of a patient who presented with anxiety and panic attacks before his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. CONCLUSION: There has been a previous association noted between depression and anxiety and pancreatic cancer; however, this work and another report have noted panic episodes preceding diagnosis, as well. These symptoms could prove to be an important marker for early detection.