Tobacco Treatment as Part of Cancer Care

Tobacco Treatment as Part of Cancer Care
Study suggests incorporating tobacco treatment into cancer care with potential for increased coverage and smoking cessation effectiveness.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has suggested incorporating tobacco treatment into cancer care. The research found that implementing a comprehensive tobacco treatment program for both inpatient and outpatient settings and increasing the ratio of staff to patients may increase the coverage of tobacco treatment. Designating personnel with expertise and resources in tobacco treatment to increase the dose or intensity of tobacco treatment may improve smoking cessation rates.

Quitting smoking can improve clinical outcomes for patients, but smoking is typically not included as part of cancer treatment. The Cancer Center Smoking Cessation Initiative (C3I) supports cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute to incorporate Tobacco Treatment Programs (TTP) into standard cancer care. The size, implementation strategies, and treatment methods of C3I centers vary. We examined the association between these background factors and the scope of treatment and effectiveness of smoking cessation.

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