It is understandable that a diagnosis of cancer and the subsequent treatment including chemotherapy to extend life would result in depression. When the depression is present before the cancer diagnosis one can only imagine how deep and disruptive the depression could become. A woman, Mrs. Rhodes, in Wilmington, NC found herself in that position. Thanks to some progressive physicians and the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation life is a little brighter as reported in StarNews online.
……………. after undergoing transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy offered by local psychiatrist Paul Buongiorno, Rhodes is getting up early, getting dressed and enjoying hobbies and interests she had abandoned in her depressed state.
TMS is non-invasive and non-systemic treatment for major depression. The NeuroStar therapy system received FDA clearance in 2009. This is the only FDA cleared TMS treatment device available in the United States at the present time.