You’ve been diagnosed with cancer. You are either being treated for cancer, or you have completed your treatment, survived and have moved on with life. Naturally, you will do everything you can to improve your chances that your treatment will be successful and that the cancer won’t recur. And, that you will do what you can to reduce the odds of developing another cancer somewhere in your body.
Not so fast. If you are a smoker, a recent study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice suggests that if you follow the above scenario, you are the exception and not the rule.
You may be among those who think that once someone has cancer, we should let them alone to deal with their disease and its treatment and stop harping about stopping smoking. But the medical evidence doesn’t support that notion.
We have known for years that continued smoking during cancer treatment can interfere with the success of that treatment. And, longer term, it can lead to an increased risk of developing other cancers.
Research has shown that smoking after a cancer diagnosis interferes with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy … Continue reading →