Tobacco Cessation Program
The goal of the Tobacco Cessation Program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) is to educate patients and help them become free from tobacco. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of cancer and cancer mortality.
There are many benefits to being tobacco-free, including:
- Easier breathing
- More energy
- Better quality of life
- Longer survival
- Decreased risk of infections
- Decreased risk of developing metastatic cancer
- Optimum chemotherapy effects during treatment
- Decrease in abnormal cell growth
How the tobacco cessation program works
If a patient uses tobacco, a certified tobacco treatment provider will meet with the patient to discuss the program. This meeting includes sharing an overview of the program, the medical impact of quitting smoking, and the impact of quitting smoking on cancer treatment. Next, the various cessation options are discussed.
There are various ways to quit smoking. During the initial session, all the options are presented and a customized plan is put in place. Some choose to use naturopathic medicine and counseling. Others may prefer acupuncture. While we provide many options, it’s up to each patient to decide which they want to participate in. The plan may also be changed at any time.
A multi-disciplinary team
Using a multi-disciplinary approach, our certified tobacco treatment providers work with the following departments to provide a wide range of therapies to help patients quit smoking successfully:
- Mind-Body Therapy Department: Patients may speak with a mind-body therapist to address concerns and feelings they may have about quitting smoking.
- Nutrition Therapy Department: Working with a nutrition therapist may help patients keep a nutritional balance while quitting smoking.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncturists may offer techniques designed to help relieve stress associated with quitting.
- Occupational Therapy Department: Occupational therapists may help patients re-work their everyday routines to make smoking less of a priority.
- Naturopathic Medicine Department: Using herbal medicine, naturopathic oncology providers may help patients manage anxiety and physical side effects of quitting smoking.
- Pulmonary medicine: Patients may consult with a physician who is trained in lung health. These physicians may help determine the effects smoking has had on your pulmonary status and create a customized medical plan to treat underlying disease and improve quality of life.
The tobacco cessation program provides patients with extra tools to help them quit tobacco use. If at any time a patient relapses, we are here to offer support and help the patient start over. Quitting tobacco may have a positive impact on cancer treatment and overall health in general. We are here to help you throughout your journey.