Survey: Most Keep On Smoking After Ca...

Survey: Most Keep On Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis

There are 4 comments on the WHSV-TV Harrisonburg story from Jan 21, 2009, titled Survey: Most Keep On Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis. In it, WHSV-TV Harrisonburg reports that:

Even though smoking is a risk factor for multiple types of cancer, more than half of smokers diagnosed with the disease keep using tobacco, and doctors aren't doing enough to help them quit.

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Since: Dec 05

Irvington, NJ

#1 Jan 24, 2009
In an article, "Smoking, The Missing Drug Interaction in Clinical Trials: Ignoring the Obvious," Dr. Carolyn Dresler and her colleagues concluded that we can no longer ignore the obvious: smoking is a critical variable that affects cancer treatment and outcome and has been shown to vitiate or interact with the effects of some therapeutic agents and chemopreventive agents. Measurement of smoking history and status in clinical trials of cancer therapy will increase our knowledge of the adverse effects of the constituents of tobacco smoke, including nicotine, and of drug interactions.

She makes the point that since ongoing smoking may significantly affect the outcome of subsequent surgery or therapy and negatively impact long-term survival, it is now the specialists' turn to provide the urgent smoking cessation treatment.

No pharmaceutical trial ever followed whether patients smoked during their clinical trials, despite dosing themselves daily with cigarettes with hundreds chemicals in them. Dr. Dresler stated that "the addition of nicotine inhibits the ability of a chemo drug (like etoposide) to induce apoptosis by 61%." If a drug like nicotine, which occurs in the highest concentration of any drug in a cigarette, inhibits the ability of a major chemotherapy drug by 61%, a medical oncologist should care if it was being ingested during treatment.

There are guidelines regarding smoking cessation techniques that have resulted from reviews of the world's literature and are very well accepted throughout the medical and psychological fields. However, "the biggest problem remains in having healthcare providers implement them routinely," Dr. Dresler says, "Most have emphasized the role of the primary healthcare provider in providing smoking cessaton advice to patients, whereas the specialists, such as medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons or pulmonary care specialists should be dealing with the health problems resulting from the smoking as the patient faces imminent interventions such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy or surgery."

Oncology health professionals have called for increased advocacy for tobacco control. Furthermore, the routine inclusion of smoking status and cessation need to become a standard of care for all patients. The inclusion of smoking data in oncology clinical trials will also provide clinicians with improved means of delivering individualized advice to patients with cancer that may be critical in motivating their cessation efforts and sustained abstinence.

Scientific, financial, and clinical support is critical to this goal. The failure to date to assess, analyze, and report smoking status has limited our ability to investigate the effect of smoking on treatment efficacy and outcome. The time has come to integrate data about the single most important lifestyle risk factor in cancer prevention into cancer treatment and survivorship trials.

Literature Citation: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2005;14(10):2287-93
Derick
#2 Sep 23, 2013
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#3 Sep 24, 2013
Derick wrote:
I have ordered 2 times from this website PILLSMEDSHOP. COM . I called yesterday the customer care and asked for a discount as i was about to order twice the regular amount.
Another limpdick smoker trying to get other stupid smokers to give their financial information to a bunch of crooks. Way to go, LIMPDICK. Quit smoking and you won't have to work at a crappy assed job like this. Maybe you will even get a woman once you stop stinking like a smoky turd.

Since: Jul 13

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#5 Sep 25, 2013
Cough Cough Hack OMG wrote:
Death is too good for them.
True. As if spam in your mailbox is not bad enough, you have all these limpdicks hijacking the forum. Maybe once their bosses see the negative comments they are accumulating here he will quit paying them to post their spam in this forum.

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