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What's the cause of psychological distress in people with cancer? Emily Banks

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Uploaded on Nov 28, 2010

Professor Emily Banks gives this lecture 'Is psychological distress in people living with cancer related to the diagnosis, treatment or their level of disability?' at The Australian National University on 18 November 2010.

It is widely accepted that people living with a diagnosis of cancer experience higher levels of psychological distress than the general population. However, cancer is a heterogeneous condition and recent evidence suggests that, although high levels of psychological distress are seen at the time of diagnosis and treatment and with advanced disease, long term survivors may have similar rates of anxiety and depression to the general population. This raises the question of what influences psychological distress in people living with cancer- the diagnosis, the treatment or their level of health-related disability?

This lecture will discuss the results from a recent analysis of data from 89,000 men and women aged 45 and over in New South Wales (NSW) participating in the '45 and Up Study'. The study examined the relationship between psychological distress, health-related disability and cancer diagnosis.

Professor Emily Banks is a medically trained epidemiologist with interest and expertise in large scale cohort studies, pharmacoepidemiology, women's health, and healthy ageing. She has worked extensively on the health effects of hormone replacement therapy. Professor Banks is currently the Scientific Director of the NSW 45 and Up Study and a National Health and Medical Research Centre Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. She was previously Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford and joint Principal Investigator of the Million Women Study. In 2000 she was awarded the UK National Woman of Achievement in Science and Technology. Professor Banks is currently head of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and Chair of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines.

The ANU Alumni Research Series is a program of public lectures aimed to showcase current and major research achievements from The Australian National University. The series is hosted by the ANU Alumni office and features researchers from across all disciplines of the University.

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