Continued tobacco use by cancer patients and survivors may reduce the effectiveness of treatment and increase the likelihood of a second cancer. Continued smoking may also worsen side effects of treatment. Studies have shown however that 9.3% of all cancer survivors and 50% to 83% of cancer patients who are current smokers or recent former smokers at diagnosis continue to smoke or resume smoking after diagnosis.
We are delighted to host this cyber-seminar in conjunction with the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership in order to draw needed attention to this issue and support the work necessary to address this cancer control priority.
Reaching populations at greatest risk for tobacco use requires a robust understanding of the issues that they face. Dr. Diana Stewart Hoover and Dr. Jennifer Vidrine will describe the lessons they are learning as they seek to adapt an existing evidence-based tobacco cessation intervention, “Motivation And Problem-Solving” (MAPS), for cervical cancer survivors. Diana and Jennifer have identified several themes from a preliminary analysis of their study and will discuss how they are using these results to tailor interventions to reach a vulnerable and underserved population of young women. Their presentation will have broad applicability to others seeking to adapt evidence-based tobacco control programs
Comprehensive cancer control programs can play a vital role is facilitating the systemic changes necessary to support tobacco cessation initiatives. To this end, Dr. Elisa Tong and Shauntay Davis, MPH, will discuss the upcoming “Tobacco Cessation in Cancer Prevention and Treatment: A Call to Action for California Cancer Centers.” This document highlights gaps in cessation services and identifies opportunities and resources for improving tobacco treatment and cessation services in oncology settings with a specific focus on the context in California.
The final part of the webinar will be dedicated to Q&A and discussion and will offer an opportunity to engage with the presenters, and also to share your own experiences and thoughts.