Patients with cancer are at increased risk for both suicidal ideation and completed suicide due to a combination of biological and psychological factors that must be addressed to increase quality of life.,Unique to cancer is that the risk of suicide persists more than 15 years past diagnosis.4

In addition to increased suicide risk, patients with head and neck cancers have higher depression scores than the general population even before a cancer diagnosis, leading to the question whether this subset of patients are struggling with a biological cause in addition to diagnosis-related symptoms.5 Complicating these cases is the well-known association of many head and neck cancers with tobacco, alcohol, and other substance use, leading to the question of whether the pre-existing mood disorders lead to substance use that increases the risk of cancer.,Depression is a major risk factor, as it is in the general population, but the cancer population is at higher baseline risk for depression, which has been linked to immunological changes.12 Identification and treatment of depression in cancer patients has been shown to decrease morbidity and mortality.13 read more

Bauer, Demetria Tennison, 20, of Palmyra, and Jordan Artley, 20, of 2405 W. Fourth St., were taken into custody at 2307 1/2 Lycoming Creek Road after several pounds of marijuana were found inside the Lycoming Creek Road property when police went there with a warrant for Artley’s arrest out of Lackawana County.,Driving a Chevrolet Malibu, Danille Trimble, 31, 312 Broad St., apartment 1, was stopped by a state trooper at Riverside Drive and Linden Street in South Williamsport about 3:10 a.m. on Aug. 15 because the license plate on her car had been suspended due to the insurance on the vehicle was canceled.,Travis Mosteller, 23, of 2330 W. Fourth St., has been charged by state police with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 300 block of Broad Street in Montoursville on Nov. 28.,Joseph Clements, 39, of 421 Wylie St., Jersey Shore, has been charged by state police with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at Market Street and Southern Avenue in South Williamsport on Sept. 29.,A bench warrant was expected to be filed for Aaron Brew, 22, of Philadelphia, after he failed to appear for his preliminary hearing last week on a state police charge of possession of marijuana stemming from an incident on Sheridan Street in Loyalsock Township last March 26.

— Sarah Anna Marie Miller, 23, Salem, was cited with failure to control after she went off the road and struck a pole and ditch on state Route 45 in Salem Township at 7:55 a.m. Feb. 9.,— Bruce Steiner, 17, Salem, was cited with failure to control after he lost control of his vehicle and went off the road, striking a traffic sign on Lisbon Road in Salem Township at 7:17 a.m. Feb. 12.,— Virgil Garreston, 30, Lisbon, was cited for right of way when turning left, passenger seat belt and license suspension after he failed to yield while turning left and was struck by a vehicle driven by Cheryl Riggs, 62, Wellsville at 2:27 p.m. Feb. 11 on state Route 517 in Elkrun Township.,— Arnaldo Batista Salas, 32, Lake Charles, La., was cited for right of way at stop signs following a two-vehicle crash at U.S. Route 62 four-lane and state Route 14 at 3:03 p.m. Feb. 4 in which he was stopped at the stop sign and attempted to turn southbound, pulling into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Gregory V. Arquilla, 62, North Canton, who struck Salas’ trailer.,— Dwight A. Coler, 64, West Calla Road, Salem, was cited for right of ways at stop signs following a two-vehicle crash at Pine Lake and Seacrist Roads at 7:54 a.m. Feb. 10 in which he was northbound and failed to yield from the stop sign, striking a westbound vehicle driven by Rose Arlene Roelen, 60, Hickory Lane, Salem, causing her vehicle to spin out of control and strike a utility pole on the northwest side of the intersection.

Drug use among students decline Attorney General Bill Lockyer on Monday released the findings of a survey that shows overall drug use by California students has declined for the first time in a decade.,However, the preliminary findings of the Biennial California Student Survey also showed the level of excessive alcohol and drug use by heavy users remained unchanged, and the use of heroin by 11th graders has increased, according to a spokesman.,Marijuana use among freshmen and junior high school students has decreased substantially overall, a trend that peaked in 1995 and leveled out in 1997, Barankin said.,Barankin said the largest declines were found in alcohol use, but noted that although student alcohol consumption has fallen for the first time in 15 years, it still remains high.,High school juniors reporting heroin use in the last six months increased from 1.7 percent in 1997-98 to 5.2 percent this year, and remained rare among other grades.