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Smoking cessation program for patients with, without cancer

JAMA Network Open

Bottom Line: A tobacco treatment program delivered at a cancer center had average seven-day smoking abstinence rates of about 45% at three- and six-month follow-ups and nearly 44% at the nine-month follow-up, and those rates didn't differ between patients with and without cancer. This observational study included  3,245 participants in a model tobacco treatment program (2,343 with current cancer; 309 with a history of cancer; and 593 with no history of cancer) that consisted of an in-person medical consultation, in-person and telephone counseling sessions, and prescription drug therapy. Limitations of the study include that it wasn't a randomized clinical trial. The findings suggest providing a comprehensive tobacco treatment program in an oncologic setting could foster smoking cessation, which can affect outcomes of patients with cancer who smoke.

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Authors: Paul Cinciripini, Ph.D., the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and coauthors

(doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.12251)

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