home
RSS
January 23rd, 2012
12:05 AM ET

Some cancer patients continue to smoke after diagnosis

Doctors say smoking is such an addictive habit that many people still light up, even when they're seriously ill. Now a new study finds even cancer patients rely on tobacco to get them through the day, and that's not good.

According to new data, published in the online version of the journal CANCER, researchers have found a large number of colon and lung cancer patients did not give up smoking, even though they knew it was not good for them.

According to physicians, giving up tobacco is crucial after a cancer diagnosis because smoking can hinder treatment results.

Investigators looked at smoking rates in approximately 5,300 lung and colorectal cancer patents. At the time of their diagnosis, 39% of lung cancer patients and 14% of the colon cancer patients smoked. Looking at the same patients five months later, researchers found 14% of lung cancer patients and 9% of colon cancer patients were still smoking.

Doctors noted lung cancer patients who still lit up after a diagnosis were usually on Medicare, had had very little treatment for their condition and were heavy smokers before their diagnosis.

Those with colon cancer who continued to smoke, tended to be uninsured, under- educated males. They also were heavy smokers before treatment.

By using this data, researchers hope they can guide oncologists to identify continuous smokers, so doctors can help patients stay smoke free.

“These findings can help cancer clinicians identify patients who are at risk for smoking and guide tobacco counseling treatment development for cancer patients,” said Dr. Elyse R. Park, of the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston, who headed up the research.

In an accompanying editorial in the online journal, Dr. Carolyn Dressler, of the Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock, noted the importance of physicians and other caretakers to address tobacco cessation, especially when cancer patients are diagnosed.

“Most clinicians acknowledge the importance of addressing tobacco cessation in their patients; however, few do it,” Dressler wrote. “We know enough now to implement effective cessation programs to identify and help cancer patients quit at the time of diagnosis and support them to prevent relapse. By doing so, we maximize patients’ response to therapy, their quality of life, and their longevity."


soundoff (917 Responses)
  1. Social Media Marketing Agency

    Hello there! I simply want to give you a big thumbs up for your great info you have right here on this post. I am returning to your site for more soon.

    https://jump.fan-site.biz/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=342&url=https://online-website-marketing.com

    June 4, 2021 at 02:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dodge Sprinter Mechanic

    https://ad.sxp.smartclip.net/optout?url=http://ocrvcenter.co/rv-repair-shop-murrieta-california

    June 4, 2021 at 03:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. panera near me

    http://www.basementfilms.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.masternearme.com

    June 4, 2021 at 03:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sprinter Alignent Repair

    Everyone loves it when individuals come together and share ideas. Great blog, stick with it!

    http://www.boosterblog.com/vote-864130-668401.html?adresse=www.sprintervanrepairnearme.com

    June 4, 2021 at 03:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Service Center Near Me

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up plus the rest of the website is really good.

    http://www.hockeyballequebec.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=sprinterrepairnearme.com

    June 4, 2021 at 05:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ZisseVed

    long term effects of cialis use when will there be a generic for cialis how long cialis take to work

    June 4, 2021 at 07:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. upholsters near me

    Great article. I'm facing many of these issues as well..

    http://ww17.fluidbaselinegrid.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvexperts.com

    June 4, 2021 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. ambulance companies in orange county

    http://emktg.cihi.ca/UrlTracking.aspx?em_key=08jafBPP2lWZoOqmzY/BzF3hFU9jQvN9pRYQwdGchCoOfLXGIWW6Y6UWEMHRnIQqHYmVVeX23ik5bqfdhCmHXL3vARe3YTEE&em_url=https://ocrvandtrucks.com/rv-repair-shop-warner-center-california

    June 4, 2021 at 14:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. electrical supply near me

    I really like it whenever people come together and share opinions. Great site, stick with it!

    http://mountainmultimedia.biz/Redirect.aspx?destination=https://www.bulknearme.com/

    June 4, 2021 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mercedes Sprinter Start Error Fault Repair

    http://www.fgwtelecom.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvfleetservices.com/

    June 4, 2021 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Sprinter Service Near Me

    Having read this I believed it was rather informative. I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this short article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

    https://email.ratemyagent.com.au/Email/RedirectToURL?url=http://sprintervanrepair.com/

    June 4, 2021 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. EncoxHtf

    cialis eu cialis no rx generic cialis

    June 4, 2021 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. rv repair riverside ca

    http://www.jpjcpa.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.biz/

    June 4, 2021 at 18:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. CrulkAsd

    cialis by mail cialis online from canada buy cialis online

    June 4, 2021 at 23:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Digital Marketing Companies Near Me

    I really like it whenever people get together and share views. Great site, stick with it!

    http://asila.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=internetmarketingmontana.com

    June 5, 2021 at 03:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. motorhome restoration interior

    That is a great tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate infoÖ Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

    https://sc.hkexnews.hk/TuniS/ocrvandtrucks.com/rv-repair-shop-indio-california

    June 5, 2021 at 03:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Sprinter Heater Valve Repair

    http://localbusiness.newschief.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=sprintervanrepair.com/

    June 5, 2021 at 03:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. protests near me

    http://austinfurniturerental.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.bulknearme.com

    June 5, 2021 at 03:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Chevy Venture Van Repair

    A motivating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you ought to write more on this subject, it may not be a taboo matter but typically people do not speak about these subjects. To the next! All the best!!

    http://www.skigateway.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.art/

    June 5, 2021 at 03:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. 2007 Sprinter Rear Heater Repair

    I truly love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme. Did you create this site yourself? Please reply back as Iím planning to create my own website and want to know where you got this from or what the theme is named. Thank you!

    https://images.google.im/url?q=https://sprintervanrepair.com

    June 5, 2021 at 05:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. 2006 Sprinter Tank Fuel Pump Repair

    Howdy! I just wish to give you a huge thumbs up for the excellent information you have right here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

    https://www.accessribbon.de/en/FrameLinkEN/top.php?out=portal&out=http://sprintervanrepairnearme.com/

    June 5, 2021 at 21:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Conversion Van Screen Repair

    https://sso.siteo.com/index.xml?return=https://ocrv.us/rv-repair-shop-twentynine-palms-california

    June 5, 2021 at 22:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. appliance repair near me

    http://www.lavender.cc/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=quotenearme.com

    June 6, 2021 at 01:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Sprinter Van Ecm Repair

    Howdy, I believe your website could be having browser compatibility problems. When I take a look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in IE, it's got some overlapping issues. I merely wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Apart from that, great blog!

    https://thevillagesatpinevalley.com/Click.aspx?url=//boxtruckrepairshop.com/

    June 6, 2021 at 06:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Mercedes Sprinter Refrigerator Repair

    http://yellowpages.thegardenisland.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.ocrvmotorsports.org/

    June 6, 2021 at 22:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. EncoxGtv

    adderall canadian pharmacy Cialis Oral Jelly (Orange) pharmacy uk

    June 7, 2021 at 04:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. 2006 Sprinter Climate Control Repair

    http://darknlovely.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.sprinterrepairnearme.com

    June 7, 2021 at 05:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. EncoxGtv

    canadian drug pharmacy promo code rx care pharmacy zephyrhills fl scripts rx pharmacy

    June 7, 2021 at 09:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Zisseloh

    cialis profesional vs. super active vs. cialis daily use cialis purchase cialis

    June 7, 2021 at 11:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. buy cialis online

    side effects of tadalafil cialis online tadalafil cost

    June 7, 2021 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. EncoxDev

    kaiser permanente online pharmacy online pharmacy technician certification best drugstore blush

    June 7, 2021 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. MileSwa

    generic cialis australia cialis black australia generic cialis with dapoxetine

    June 7, 2021 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. EncoxDev

    when should a store close down a pharmacy? pharmacy com canadian pharmacy northwest

    June 7, 2021 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. box truck body repair

    Excellent web site you've got here.. Itís difficult to find good quality writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    https://www.triathlon.org/?URL=https://ocrv.pro/rv-repair-shop-palm-springs-california

    June 7, 2021 at 23:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Ecu Repair Shop For Sprinter Van

    After I originally commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I recieve four emails with the same comment. There has to be a way you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks!

    https://login.talend.com/logout.php?redirectUrl=https://ocrv.guru/rv-couch-repair-near-me

    June 7, 2021 at 23:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. nearest rv repair

    I couldnít refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

    http://dmca.com/Protection/Status.aspx?ID=edc817fd-d796-4c84-abb8-d1cb5b2e3719&refurl=http://clubinsanitybangkok.com/en/component/k2/item/1-live-at-the-bl?start=795390

    June 7, 2021 at 23:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. RV Body Shop Near Me

    http://services.nfpa.org/Authentication/GetSSOSession.aspx?return=http://forums.subglobal.net/archive/index.php?thread-9630.html

    June 7, 2021 at 23:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. tadalafil goodrx

    evolution peptides tadalafil tadalafil troche cost tadalafil cost walmart

    June 8, 2021 at 04:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Zisseloh

    truth behind generic cialis cialis, money order is cialis generic

    June 8, 2021 at 09:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. MileSwa

    free generic cialis pills cialison line generic cialis prices

    June 8, 2021 at 15:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. RV Trailer Repair Near Me

    http://www.freedback.com/thank_you.php?u=http://ocrv.xyz/rv-shades-repair-near-me

    June 8, 2021 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. RV Leak Orange County

    http://www.ric.edu/Pages/link_out.aspx?target=http://www.raisingcolorado.com/2013/04/homemade-beeswax-lotion.html/comment-page-183

    June 8, 2021 at 18:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. rv storage in orange county ca

    http://www.astro.wisc.edu/?URL=http://www.ingenieurleistungenreiter.de/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=4&t=140&limitstart=84200

    June 8, 2021 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Video Marketing Specialist

    Greetings! Very helpful advice within this article! It's the little changes that make the most important changes. Many thanks for sharing!

    http://drugandalcoholtherapy.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=codymarketing.com/

    June 9, 2021 at 05:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. EncoxHtf

    cialis before surgery cialis canada pharmacy cialis dosage timing

    June 9, 2021 at 07:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Dona Szady

    Very nice article. I definitely love this site. Stick with it!

    http://cesarz49r1.blogolize.com/The-best-Side-of-repair-shop-38684024

    June 9, 2021 at 11:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Neta Manvelyan

    This website truly has all of the information I needed about this subject and didnít know who to ask.

    June 9, 2021 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Kaitlin Willimon

    I seriously love your blog.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply back as Iím trying to create my own personal site and want to know where you got this from or just what the theme is called. Appreciate it!

    June 9, 2021 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Internet Marketing Consultants

    http://www.bestrevie.ws/r/46678c091e3ae21e328f865434774f917baebabe-MDEyMDE5?url=http://www.postfallslocal.com/

    June 9, 2021 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. CrulkAsd

    cialis no prescription overnight cialis generic cheap prices buy cialis online from canada

    June 9, 2021 at 17:41 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Leave a Reply to KbdnMile


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.