- This study is relevant for women with breast cancer. Because it took place in Denmark cancer and depression care may differ and may or may not be generalizable to women in the United States.
Strength of Science: Medium
- This research study suggests that past antidepressant use can affect what treatment breast cancer patients receive from their health care provider.
- However, this research study has limitations, such as using a retrospective study design—the researchers did not collect their own data so could not account for lifestyle factors (access to care, alcohol use) or survey women for depression (some women may not have been treated with medication).
- Additionally, they collected data over a 13 ½ year period in Denmark during which treatment for both depression and breast cancer have evolved and may not reflect what is happening in the United States.
- More work needs to be done to understand if there is a link between antidepressant use and breast cancer treatment received and what can be done to improve outcomes for this group of patients.
Research Timeline: Human Studies