The Need to Prioritize and Re-prioritize Palliative Care Options: Smoking Cessation as a Case-in-Point

Konstantinos Leventakos, Anna J. Schwecke, Erin Deering, Elizabeth Cathcart-Rake, Anna C. Sanh, Aminah Jatoi

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Abstract

Palliative care in cancer patients requires a continuous reprioritization of effort. This review describes the need for this reprioritization and uses smoking cessation as a case-in-point. The treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer has changed dramatically in the past few years. Interestingly, patients who had previously smoked now have an improved prognosis—for a variety of reasons. This review discusses this last observation in detail and raises the question of how forcefully we should advise smoking cessation in patients with incurable metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number33
JournalCurrent treatment options in oncology
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

Keywords

  • Case-in-point
  • Palliative care
  • Smoking cessation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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