False Alarm: Study Doesn't Link Prozac to Cancer
Brandes says he finds it ironic that it is the Gordon study, which had nothing to do with actual use of antidepressants, that has created such a stir.
Gordon, too, says he finds it ironic -- especially since he sees his work as an important step toward new treatments for cancer.
"I've been in this game 25 years, and we feel this is the most exciting finding we have had in terms of hopefully developing a cancer therapy somewhere down the line," he says.
All of the experts who spoke to WebMD urge people taking antidepressants to keep taking their medications. All agree that while cancer risk remains theoretical, the dangers of depression are very real. They say that people who are worried about possible side effects from long-term use of these medicines should discuss the issue with their doctors.