A US study has shown that smokers with lung cancer can live longer if they quit.
The research, published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, involved 250 people with lung cancer who had been automatically referred to a counselling service to help them quit smoking following an assessment at the start of their treatment.
Researchers found that those who had recently quit smoking, and those that quit after their first session with the support service, lived longer than those that continued to smoke. On average, people that reported that they had stopped smoking lived 10 months longer than those who continued to smoke.
Based on these findings, the researchers recommend that more people with lung cancer are given regular structured smoking assessments as part of their treatment, as well as services to support them with stopping smoking.
Read the abstract of the journal article.
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