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It’s never too late to quit smoking, even after lung-cancer diagnosis


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Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Reuters Health - 10/01/2022 - Quitting smoking after a lung-cancer diagnosis confers a significant survival benefit, according to results of a meta-analysis. "Doctors should tell patients that it is never too late to quit smoking, and even if they are diagnosed with lung cancer, they can raise their (chance of surviving) quite a lot by quitting smoking as soon as possible," Dr. Saverio Caini of the Institute for Cancer Research, Prevention and Clinical Network in Florence, Italy, told Reuters Health by email. "Smoking-cessation programs must become fully integrated into multidisciplinary cancer care; providing lung-cancer patients with information and all the necessary support should be a non-optional part of the management of these patients," Dr. Caini said. The meta-analysis included 21 studies that looked at the effect of smoking cessation after lung-cancer diagnosis in more than 10,000 patients. Quitting smoking at or around diagnosis was significa...


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