Haldun Soygur

Dr A.Y. Ankara Oncology Training and Research Hospital, Engüri, Ankara, Turkey

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Publications (8)15.35 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Suffering comes in many ways for patients confronting cancer. One of these is an unspecifiable fear about death, which is an existential issue. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between death anxiety and its correlates in cancer patients. Seventy cancer patients were assessed using SCID-I, Templer's Death Anxiety Scale, the Hospital Anxiety (A) and Depression (D) Scale, the Distress Thermometer, the Visual Analogue Scale for pain (VAS), the Global Assessment of Functioning, and Glock and Stark's Dimensions of Religious Commitment scales, and these assessments were compared between cancer patients with and without death anxiety. Multiple regression analysis was conducted after correlation analysis between death anxiety and sociodemographic and clinical variables. Axis I psychiatric diagnosis, pain scores, and negative believes about what will happen after death were found to be higher in patients having death anxiety than patients not having death anxiety. Also life expectancy was perceived as shortened in patients with death anxiety. Death anxiety was associated with anxiety, depressive symptoms, and beliefs about what will happen after death. In conclusion, death anxiety could not be regarded as a natural consequence of having cancer; it is associated with the unresolved psychological and physical distress.
    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 05/2012; 30(3):347-58. DOI:10.1080/07347332.2012.664260 · 1.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Over the past few decades, there has been growing support for the idea that cancer needs an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, the international cancer community has developed several strategies as outlined in the WHO non-communicable diseases Action Plan (which includes cancer control) as the World Health Assembly and the UICC World Cancer Declaration, which both include primary prevention, early diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care. This paper highlights experiences/ideas in cancer control for international collaborations between low, middle, and high income countries, including collaborations between the European Union (EU) and African Union (AU) Member States, the Latin-American and Caribbean countries, and the Eastern Mediterranean countries. These proposals are presented within the context of the global vision on cancer control set forth by WHO in partnership with the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), in addition to issues that should be considered for collaborations at the global level: cancer survival (similar to the project CONCORD), cancer control for youth and adaptation of Clinical Practice Guidelines. Since cancer control is given lower priority on the health agenda of low and middle income countries and is less represented in global health efforts in those countries, EU and AU cancer stakeholders are working to put cancer control on the agenda of the EU-AU treaty for collaborations, and are proposing to consider palliative care, population-based cancer registration, and training and education focusing on primary prevention as core tools. A Community of Practice, such as the Third International Cancer Control Congress (ICCC-3), is an ideal place to share new proposals, learn from other experiences, and formulate new ideas. The aim of the ICCC-3 is to foster new international collaborations to promote cancer control actions in low and middle income countries. The development of supranational collaborations has been hindered by the fact that cancer control is not part of the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MGGs). As a consequence, less resources of development aids are allocated to control NCDs including cancer.
    Tumori 01/2009; 95(5):579-96. · 1.09 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of mirtazapine and imipramine on not only the distressing symptoms of cancer patients such as pain, nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, and sleep disturbances but also depressive and anxiety symptoms. Fifty-three patients with cancer who were diagnosed with major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, or adjustment disorder were included. Twenty patients on mirtazapine, 13 patients on imipramine, and 20 patients in the control group without medication were interviewed during three visits (baseline, third week, and sixth week). Pain, nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, and sleep disturbances were evaluated with self-assessment single-symptom scales during each visit. The patients were also asked to complete the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS) during each visit. There were no significant differences among the three visits in the mirtazapine, imipramine, or control groups in terms of pain, nausea, vomiting, or appetite loss. For the initial, middle, and late insomnia, only the mirtazapine group showed improvements (p = 0.001, p = 0.001, p = 0.003). There were also significant differences in the mean total (p = 0.03), anxiety (p = 0.003), and depression (p = 0.025) scores of HADS among the three visits for patients taking mirtazapine. There were no significant differences for HADS scores from the baseline to the end point for patients taking imipramine or control group patients. Our findings suggest that mirtazapine is effective for resolving insomnia as well as anxiety and depressive symptoms in cancer patients. However, more systematic research, such as placebo-controlled studies, is needed.
    Supportive Care Cancer 03/2008; 16(11):1291-8. DOI:10.1007/s00520-008-0425-1 · 2.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Quality of life (QOL) has become an important area to address. The most commonly used QOL tool in oncology is the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer QOL measure (EORTC QLQ-C30). The aim of this study is to examine the reliability and validity of this widely used questionnaire in Turkish language. A total of 114 cancer patients were recruited in this study. The internal consistency of the subscales, concurrent validity between EORTC QLQ-C30 version 3.0 and Short Form-36 (SF-36), the correlations between the subscales of EORTC QLQ-C30 and Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale-Anxiety (HADS-A), and Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale-Depression (HADS-D) were also evaluated. Cronbach's alpha-coefficient for multi-item scales ranged from 0.56 to 0.85, with emotional functioning having the highest Cronbach's alpha-coefficient. General health/QOL subscale was correlated significantly with all other subscales. Modest correlations were found between relevant subscales of SF-36 and EORTC QLQ-C30 scales indicating good convergent validity. Although score of emotional functioning subscale was significantly correlated with HADS-A, no correlation was found with HADS-D. The correlations between general health/QOL and HADS-A and HADS-D were significant though Pearson's coefficients were below 0.4. The EORTC QLQ-C30 version 3.0 is a reliable and valid instrument and suitable for measuring the QOL in cancer patients in Turkey.
    European Journal of Cancer Care 02/2008; 17(1):98-104. · 1.76 Impact Factor
  • Haldun Soygúr, Alp Üçok, Derya Iren Akbiyik
    International Journal of Mental Health 12/2007; 36(3):58-65. DOI:10.2753/IMH0020-7411360307
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    ABSTRACT: An association or a casual link has been proposed between the neuroendocrinological and neuroimmunological changes attributed to either depression or cancer. This study investigated whether breast cancer patients with and without major depression exhibit plasma interleukin-6 abnormalities and dexamethasone suppression test results. Four groups, each consisting of 30 women (1--healthy women, 2--patients with major depression, 3--breast cancer patients without major depression, 4--breast cancer patients with major depression), were compared to each other. Psychiatric evaluations were made by structured clinical interview for DSM-IV. Severity of depression was measured with the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Plasma levels of interleukin-6 were measured. A dexamethasone suppression test was applied. Breast cancer patients with major depression had markedly higher plasma levels of interleukin-6 than the other group. All breast cancer patients with depression had abnormal dexamethasone suppression test results. These findings suggest a hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis activation and plasma levels of interleukin-6 and plasma interleukin-6 elevation and plasma levels if interleukin-6 and plasma levels of post cortisol concentrations. Evidence for a casual link or association of major depression with immune and endocrinological activation needs to be investigated further.
    Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 09/2007; 31(6):1242-7. DOI:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2007.05.001 · 4.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: It is not scarce that patients experience various extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) during antidepressant drug therapy. Thus, choice of an antidepressant drug in case of extrapyramidal side effects, at present, is a dilemma. Escitalopram, which is a recently marketed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), has no such reputation. There is just one case reported for tianeptine that induced abnormal involuntary movements/extrapyramidal side effects. We would like to present a case that was successfully managed with bupropion which had developed EPS during 2 different SSRI (sertraline and escitalopram) and tianeptine therapy.
    Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 10/2006; 30(7):1337-9. DOI:10.1016/j.pnpbp.2006.03.002 · 4.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We described a 32-year-old woman with Huntington's disease (HD) who presented with severe chorea, psychosis and cognitive abnormalities. We started risperidone at 2 mg p.o./d and increased to 4 mg p.o./d after six weeks. Psychotic and motor symptoms were markedly improved. Since there was no change in cognitive functions, we added memantine at 5 mg p.o./d and gradually increased the dose to 20 mg p.o/d after five weeks. We continued risperidone and memantine for nearly six months. The patient did not show any progression of cognitive symptoms or motor abnormalities. We did not observe any psychotic symptoms.
    Journal of the National Medical Association 09/2006; 98(8):1353-5. · 0.91 Impact Factor