Smoking is one of the leading causes of the development of many types of cancer, and smoking worsens the chances of recovery for those who are already sick. The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer has adopted a declaration calling on doctors to find out if their patients with lung cancer smoke, and if so, be sure to recommend that they quit this habit as soon as possible.
According to it, cancer patients who continue to smoke after being diagnosed have a higher rate of overall mortality, cancer mortality, and the risk of developing a second primary cancer. In addition, they significantly increase the toxicity of cancer treatment. Smoking also significantly increases the cost of cancer treatment.
And giving up smoking, according to experts, leads to improved treatment outcomes. However, the problem is that smokers are not in a hurry to give it up: most people who smoked at the time of diagnosis still retain this habit during treatment.
The declaration makes a number of recommendations: