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Smoking in Cancer Care (PDQ®)

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Changes to This Summary (06/20/2014)

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Poorer Treatment Response in Cancer Patients

Added text to state that studies show that perioperative and long-term complications are considerably higher in patients with head and neck cancer who continue to smoke (cited Wein as reference 6).

Smoking as a Risk Factor for Second Malignancy

Added Gritz et al. and Parsons et al. as references 1 and 2, respectively.

Added text to state that studies conducted in patients with primary cancers have also shown decreased risk of second malignancy and improved survival as a result of smoking cessation (cited Chen et al. and Geyer et al. as references 13 and 14, respectively).

Effects of a Cancer Diagnosis on Quitting Smoking and Remaining Abstinent

Added text to state that despite strong evidence about the deleterious effects of continued smoking in cancer patients, smoking cessation remains a challenging issue in this patient population, especially in patients with comorbid mental health issues and substance use disorders (cited Nayan et al., Schnoll et al., and Blalock et al. as references 1, 2, and 3, respectively).

Added Duffy et al. as reference 9.

Smoking Intervention in Cancer Patients

Added text to state that other studies also suggest lower cessation rates in patients with depression and alcohol use disorders (cited Schnoll et al. as reference 2).

Pharmacological Treatment

This section has been extensively revised.

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  • Updated: June 20, 2014