Smoking cessation more successful for cancer patients who quit before surgery

The new study, published in the journal Cancer, aimed to look at the factors that could predict people starting to smoke again after surgery for lung cancer.
The study examined 154 people with lung cancer who recently quit smoking. They monitored the smoking behaviour of the group at 2, 4, 6 and 12 months after surgery.

The results showed that 60% of people who smoked during the week prior to surgery had resumed smoking compared with only 13% who had quit smoking prior to surgery.

The researchers also looked at whether certain characteristic might make someone more susceptible to starting smoking again. The findings found that factors such as proneness to depression and greater fears about cancer recurrence in people smoking before surgery could be used to predict which people may begin smoking again.

Given that the relapse rates are significantly lower among the people who quit smoking prior to surgery, the researchers believe that smoking cessation should be strongly encouraged when the lung cancer is diagnosed.

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