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New Texas Health Springwood Program Helps Women Diagnosed with Cancer Fight Depression
02/16/2009

BEDFORD, Texas — Texas Health Springwood Hospital opened Texas’ first hospital-based program to help female cancer patients cope with depression and anxiety.

The women’s oncology program, offered at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, offers free mental health assessments to women diagnosed with cancer. If the assessment determines that treatment is required, patients can enroll in the intensive outpatient program and begin the road to recovery.

An estimated one in four cancer patients suffer from clinical depression, and almost half of all patients experience anxiety, according to the National Cancer Institute. Since symptoms of depression may overlap with side effects from cancer and cancer treatment — such as fatigue, appetite loss and sleep disturbance — patients are often undiagnosed and untreated.

“It’s normal to feel sad and afraid in response to cancer diagnosis, but if these feelings persist or interfere with day-to-day life, intervention is very important,” said Ramona Osburn, director of Texas Health Springwood Hospital.

Treating depression in cancer patients can improve medical status, enhance quality of life, and reduce pain and disability, Osburn said.

Patients can be referred to the center by a physician, therapist, EAP counselor, or through self-referral. The program includes:

  • Cognitive behavioral group therapy
  • Patient and family education
  • Educational groups on women’s issues
  • Treatment and discharge plans coordinated with referring clinicians and physicians

The program is offered from 9 a.m. to noon and from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 817-355-7700 for the Bedford location and 817-960-2499 for the Arlington location.

About Texas Health Springwood Hospital
Texas Health Springwood Hospital is a fully licensed psychiatric and addiction treatment hospital on the campus of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. The hospital also has satellite outpatient treatment centers in Allen, Arlington, Southlake and Southwest Fort Worth. Texas Health Springwood Hospital offers a full continuum of inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization services for adult and adolescent patients. It is accredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, certified by Medicare, and licensed by the Texas Department of Health.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst Euless Bedford
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst Euless Bedford, a member of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided include outpatient surgery, women’s services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatric and addiction treatment, and pediatrics.

About Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital is a 417-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Arlington and the surrounding communities since 1958. Services include comprehensive cardiac care, an electrophysiology lab, women’s services, orthopedics, GI, an advanced imaging center, extensive rehabilitation services, emergency services, health maintenance and disease prevention classes, support groups and community service programs.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health, visit www.texashealth.org.

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