If you are a smoker and have been diagnosed with cancer, the time has come to try and quit. Depending on what type of cancer you are facing, you may receive a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery as treatment options—all of which can wipe out your energy.
Studies have shown that quitting smoking can improve cancer treatment effectiveness and decrease the risk for recurrence. By stopping, a more fully functioning immune system works better to fight cancer.
How We Can Help
Smoking can carry a social stigma that may deter you from seeking help to quit. We’ve helped thousands of individuals overcome their smoking addiction through compassionate, non-judgmental care.
Our team at the Abramson Cancer Center Tobacco Use Treatment Program consists of health care professionals from several areas of medicine, all of whom are highly experienced leaders in the field of smoking cessation.
Along with our expertise in the treatment of tobacco use, we share a common philosophy that smokers deserve treatment that is supportive and compassionate, without guilt or pressure. We understand that smoking may provide comfort, especially at one of the most challenging times of your life: being diagnosed with cancer.
Smokers with cancer have unique needs that we understand and have decades of experience supporting. We believe that smokers deserve to quit comfortably, so we recommend approved medications to help you stay nicotine-free. Our goal is to help you have a better quality of life and the best chance for recovery.
Quitting Is Hard — But It’s Possible
Smoking is an addiction that is very difficult to stop, especially if you’ve been smoking for years. The primary addictive ingredient—nicotine—tricks your brain into wanting and needing it. However, it is never too late to quit, and with the right type of treatment and support, it is possible.
Our tobacco treatment program provides patients with:
- A one-stop shop
We can schedule your visit the same day as your radiation treatment. Some appointments may even be done over the phone.
- Personalized care and individualized treatment plan
We work with you, side by side, to find the right combination of treatments to empower you to quit safely and comfortably.
- Judgment-free zone
We understand how difficult it is to stop smoking, and we will never make you feel ashamed about it. We maintain a compassionate environment that does not rely on fear or shame to motivate smokers to quit. We work alongside you for as long as it takes.
- 20 years of experience
Our program is run by a dedicated team of experts who believe in advocating for those who want to quit smoking.
Call us if we can help you or someone you know, even if you don’t feel ready to quit. We’re happy to answer your questions and discuss your options. 1-888-PENN-STOP
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