Quitting Tobacco After Diagnosis

It's Never Too Late to Quit Using Tobacco, Even After a Cancer Diagnosis

Patients who quit smoking at diagnosis or before starting cancer treatment have a 45% higher survival rate than those who continue to smoke. Quitting also can improve the effectiveness of cancer treatments and result in fewer treatment-related complications and side effects. Fewer complications also mean fewer treatment interruptions and increased quality of life during and after treatment.

In this Simon Says session, Deborah Hudson Buckles, program director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center's Tobacco Treatment Program, discusses evidence-based tobacco treatment options. Kayla Hsu, community outreach manager for Rethink Tobacco Indiana, moderates the event.


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