Tobacco Use and Treatment among Cancer Survivors
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020) | Viewed by 44388
Interests: tobacco use; tobacco policy; tobacco treatment; tobacco-related cancers; smoking cesssation; e-cigarettes
Interests: tobacco use in cancer patients; cancer biology; tobacco; smoking cessation; tobacco policy; cost outcomes; process improvement; value-based care; implementation and dissemination
Helping patients to curb their tobacco use is an essential component of cancer care, as patients who continue to use tobacco have an increased risk of mortality, cancer recurrence, development of secondary cancers, exacerbation of comorbid conditions, worsened outcomes of cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and negative impacts on quality of life. Despite tremendous advancements in the science of tobacco cessation, insufficient research exists to demonstrate optimal approaches and outcomes of tobacco use treatment in patients with cancer, both in primary care and in oncology settings. While a diagnosis of cancer is an optimal time to assist patients who are still using tobacco products to quit, too many patients continue to smoke, and support for quitting is inconsistently applied. Recently, the National Cancer Institute in the US began offering funding to many comprehensive cancer centers to expand or initiate tobacco use treatment programs for patients with cancer who continue to smoke or use other forms of tobacco.
Multiple reasons exist for the lack of treatment in this population, including physician factors (insufficient time or training), patient factors (lack of interest, stress, and addiction), health system factors (competing priorities or lack of leadership), and economic factors (insufficient funding or reimbursement). However, as health care systems begin to implement value-based care, the benefits of reducing tobacco consumption among cancer survivors will only grow in importance. Further, research on outcomes associated with electronic cigarettes and cancer, including any potential impact of such use on cessation, are important but lacking.
This Special Issue is designed to highlight current research on tobacco use treatment and cessation among patients across the cancer spectrum, including recent advances in assessment, counselling, pharmacotherapy, population-based approaches to treatment, second-hand smoke prevention, e-cigarette use, policy dissemination, guidelines for cancer care, impacts of co-morbid mental health on cessation outcomes, quality improvement, and improved methods of cessation. We welcome all inquiries from authors who are examining issues around tobacco use and cancer care.
Prof. Dr. Adam O. Goldstein
Prof. Dr. Graham W. Warren
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- Smoking tobacco
- Smoking behaviors
- Cigarette smoking
- Quitting smoking
- Long-term cancer survivors
- Secondhand smoke
- Lung cancer
- Tobacco cessation
- Smokeless tobacco cessation
- Cigar smoking
- e-cigarette use