Journal article

A smoking cessation programme for current and recent ex-smokers following diagnosis of a potentially curable cancer

J Ong, I Plueckhahn, D Cruickshank, L Churilov, L Mileshkin

INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cancer patients who quit smoking have improved survival rates. The time of diagnosis provides a 'teachable moment' when healthcare providers can offer smoking-cessation treatment. AIMS: To assess the impact on quit rates of a tailored smoking-cessation intervention for patients diagnosed with a potentially curable cancer. METHODS: A prospective, one-arm cohort study of current smokers and recent quitters (<30 days) who had commenced treatment for a potentially curable cancer was performed. Intervention involved an initial motivational interview, regular follow up and pharmacotherapy when appropriate. Quit rates were measured at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months by self-reported abstinence an..

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