Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 21, Issue 9, pp 2461–2468 | Cite as

Depressive symptoms in a sample of Afro-Caribbean and Latino immigrant cancer patients: a comparative analysis

  • Rosario CostasEmail author
  • Francesca Gany
Original Article



This study aims to describe the depressive symptoms in a sample of African-Caribbean and Latino cancer patients and examine differences in specific symptoms between the two groups.


The sample included immigrant Afro-Caribbean (n = 44) and Latino (n = 145) underserved cancer patients recruited from five hospitals in New York City. Participants completed a questionnaire comprised of measures of depression (Patient Health Questionnaire-9), health-related quality of life (EuroQol 5D), sociodemographic, and health-related questions.


Results of the comparison of mean scores and percentage of patients meeting the cutoff scores showed that Afro-Caribbean patients reported comparable depressive symptoms to the Latino patients. But, upon closer inspection of specific symptoms and other self-report variables, Latino patients reported more frequently depressed mood, having a history of a depressive disorder, and overall higher psychological distress than Afro-Caribbean patients.


Different presentation of symptoms associated with depression is expressed by Afro-Caribbean and Latino cancer patients. Studies analyzing in detail the presentation of psychological responses of different cultural groups with chronic medical conditions are greatly needed.


Depressive symptoms Afro-Caribbean Latino Cancer 



This study was supported by the New York Community Trust. The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the awarding agency.

Conflict of interest

The authors indicated no potential conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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