Some Lung Cancer Patients Can’t Quit Smoking

A recent study reveals that 20% of patients with lung cancer cannot give up smoking. The U.S. National Cancer Institute has sponsored this study. The addicted lung cancer patients think quitting smoking would not do any good, since it may already be too late for them.

Health experts say lung cancer patients need medication, counseling and family support to overcome tobacco addiction and lead a healthy lifestyle. The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. It is well known that most lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.

In more disturbing news, the study found that 25% of the lung cancer patients’ caregivers also continued smoking. These caregivers were often the patients’ spouses and both continued to smoke despite the ailment. The researchers opine that continued smoking affects treatments and can raise the risk of getting another cancer.

Continued smoking also aggravates Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), which often occurs along with lung cancer. Nicotine in cigarettes can affect the efficacy of chemotherapy treatments. Health experts say the potency of nicotine addiction is testified by the inability of lung cancer patients to quit smoking.

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