Mental health sequelae of bone cancer: A narrative review




anxiety, depression, mental health, osteosarcoma, bone cancer, cancer


Introduction: Bone cancer causes a significant mental health burden. Although the mental health implications of cancer as a whole have been widely discussed, there is limited evidence regarding the psychiatric and psychological sequelae of malignant and benign bone neoplasms in particular.

Purpose: To summarize the scientific literature, present relevant knowledge gaps and discuss a number of recommendations. Methodology: The authors searched Pubmed/Medline and Google Scholar with keywords (mental health, bone cancer, musculoskeletal neoplasms, psychiatric comorbidities). When appropriate, MeSH terms and Boolean operators were used. Relevant peer reviewed studies published in English, French or German until 05 May 2021 were included.

Results and Discussion: Loss of mobility, decrease of physical activity, chronic pain and amputations in combination with patient’s previous psychiatric history, socioeconomic conditions, cancer biology and treatment-related side effects undermine the mental wellbeing of patients and carers. Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed an additional burden, which is yet to be comprehensively evaluated.

Conclusion: More research and solid action towards the integration of mental health care into the management of bone cancer is crucial


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Tsagkaris, C., Desse, D. . ., & Laskaratou, E. D. . (2021). Mental health sequelae of bone cancer: A narrative review. Mental Health: Global Challenges Journal, 4(1).