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Smoking cessation improves lung cancer survival

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Smoking cessation after diagnosis of early stage lung cancer can improve prognosis.

This is the preliminary conclusion of a systematic review which suggests that offering smoking cessation treatment to patients presenting with early stage lung cancer may be beneficial.

The authors estimated 33% five year survival in 65 year old patients with early stage non-small cell lung cancer who continued to smoke compared with 70% in those who quit smoking. The results were similar for patients with limited stage small cell lung cancer; 29% who continued to smokers are likely to survive for five years compared with 63% of quitters.

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