MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS

Consensus-based recommendation for surveillance of mental health problems

This page is part of the PanCare follow-up recommendations for surveillance of late effects. Click here, for more information on these recommendations.

Who is at risk for mental health problems?

All CAYA survivors are at risk for mental health problems

What mental health problems might occur?

  • Anxiety

  • Behavioural problems
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Suicidal ideation

What surveillance modality should be used and at what frequency should it be performed?

All CAYA cancer survivors:

  • A history with attention to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideation a
    at least every 2 years in survivors ≤ 18 years of age, and at least every 5 years in survivors > 18 years of age

What should be done if abnormalities are identified?

  • Refer to a psychologist for further diagnostic testing and treatment

a For example using the Emotion Thermometer