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Vol 71, No 3 (2021)
Brief communication
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Smoking cessation help for cancer patients – a pilot project “Quitting Supports Treatment”

Paweł Koczkodaj, Magdalena Cedzyńska, Piotr Rutkowski, Amelia Janiak, Irena Przepiórka, Agata Ciuba, Marta Mańczuk, Krzysztof Przewoźniak, Joanna Didkowska
DOI: 10.5603/NJO.2021.0033
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Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2021;71(3):176-178.

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Vol 71, No 3 (2021)
Preliminary report
Published online: 2021-06-09

Abstract

Available data suggest that up to 50% of cancer patients, who were smoking before diagnosis, continue to smoke during treatment, unaware of the damage caused due to continued tobacco use and the undervalued benefits of quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis. Structured initiatives aimed at helping cancer patients give up smoking was undertaken at the M. Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology in Warsaw (Poland) within the pilot project “Quitting Supports Treatment (QST)”. QST was launched in September 2019 and was a joint initiative of two departments: 1. The Cancer Epidemiology and Primary Prevention Department and 2. The Soft Tissue/Bone Sarcoma and Melanoma Department. Moreover, QST works with the significant support of Department of Nurses and Midwives Professional Development. The preliminary results suggest the need for several organizational improvements in order to increase QST participation rates. Revision of previous experiences could bring valuable conclusions with regards to the effectiveness of QST, but also for other similar projects.

Abstract

Available data suggest that up to 50% of cancer patients, who were smoking before diagnosis, continue to smoke during treatment, unaware of the damage caused due to continued tobacco use and the undervalued benefits of quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis. Structured initiatives aimed at helping cancer patients give up smoking was undertaken at the M. Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology in Warsaw (Poland) within the pilot project “Quitting Supports Treatment (QST)”. QST was launched in September 2019 and was a joint initiative of two departments: 1. The Cancer Epidemiology and Primary Prevention Department and 2. The Soft Tissue/Bone Sarcoma and Melanoma Department. Moreover, QST works with the significant support of Department of Nurses and Midwives Professional Development. The preliminary results suggest the need for several organizational improvements in order to increase QST participation rates. Revision of previous experiences could bring valuable conclusions with regards to the effectiveness of QST, but also for other similar projects.

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Keywords

smoking cessation; cancer patients; tobacco; cancer prevention; Poland

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Title

Smoking cessation help for cancer patients – a pilot project “Quitting Supports Treatment”

Journal

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology

Issue

Vol 71, No 3 (2021)

Article type

Brief communication

Pages

176-178

Published online

2021-06-09

DOI

10.5603/NJO.2021.0033

Bibliographic record

Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2021;71(3):176-178.

Keywords

smoking cessation
cancer patients
tobacco
cancer prevention
Poland

Authors

Paweł Koczkodaj
Magdalena Cedzyńska
Piotr Rutkowski
Amelia Janiak
Irena Przepiórka
Agata Ciuba
Marta Mańczuk
Krzysztof Przewoźniak
Joanna Didkowska

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