Tobacco Cessation Program
The goal of the Tobacco Cessation Program at 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 specialist will meet with the patient to discuss the program. This meeting includes 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 of 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 what they want to participate in. The plan can also be changed at any time.
A multi-disciplinary team
Using a multi-disciplinary approach, our certified tobacco treatment specialists work with the following departments to provide a wide range of therapies to help patients quit smoking successfully:
- Mind-Body Therapy Department – Patients can 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 can help patients stay as healthy as possible while quitting smoking.
- Acupuncture – Acupuncturists can use techniques to help relieve stress associated with quitting.
- Occupational Therapy Department- Occupational therapists can help patients re-work their everyday routines to make smoking less of a priority.
- Naturopathic Medicine Department – using herbal medicine, naturopathic oncology providers can assist with anxiety and physical side effects of quitting smoking.
- Pulmonary medicine – Patients can consult with a physician who specializes in lung health. These physicians can help determine the effects smoking has had on your pulmonary status and create a customized medical plan to treat any underlying disease and improve quality of life.
The tobacco cessation program provides patients with every avenue possible to help them quit tobacco use. If at any time a patient relapses, we are here to offer support and start over. Quitting tobacco can have a positive impact on cancer treatment and overall health in general. We are here to help you every step of the way.