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Saturday, August 1 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
S19: Opportunities and Challenges of Promoting Tobacco Cessation among Cancer Patients: Expanding the Toolkit of the Psycho-Oncologist

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Smoking remains the leading cause of cancer associated with at least twelve different cancer diagnoses. Continued smoking is associated with numerous adverse clinical outcomes for cancer patients and survivors including increased risk for treatment complications, disease recurrence, second primary cancers, other tobacco-related chronic medical conditions, poor quality of life, psychosocial distress and death. Tobacco dependent cancer patients are more likely to suffer from comorbid depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor pain control and social stigma. Fortunately, evidence-based behavioral and pharmacological treatment exists; however, adequate training of psycho-oncologists and integration of tobacco treatment in routine cancer care remains subpar. Historically, psycho-oncologists have paid little attention to the clinical problem of continued tobacco use. The proposed research-to-practice symposium will provide a compelling clinical rationale for expanding the role of psycho-oncologists into the treatment of tobacco dependence among cancer patients, summarize tools for standardized assessment of tobacco use, identify the prevalence, patterns and predictors of continued smoking, dispel myths about smoking as an effective form of coping for cancer patients, summarize behavioral counseling techniques for motivating and maintaining smoking cessation, reducing the stigma of reporting smoking and seeking tobacco treatment, discuss patient, provider and systems level barriers and provide practical models for integration of smoking cessation treatment into routine cancer care. Based on their collective scientist-clinician expertise, the presenters will provide a blueprint for developing tobacco treatment services, providing consultation and liaison to medical care providers who treat tobacco dependent cancer patients and delivering evidence-based tobacco treatment in an empathic, supportive and non-judgmental manner.

Chair: Jamie Ostroff
Discussant: Stephanie Land

S19-1: Incorporating Evidence-based Smoking Cessation into Community Oncology Practices: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of an Enhanced Quitline-Based Smoking Cessation Intervention for Cancer Survivors, K. Weaver

S19-2: Smoking Relapse Prevention Intervention for Cancer Patients, V. Simmons

S19-3: Integrating Tobacco Treatment into Cancer Care: Details of Implementation, E. Park   

Saturday August 1, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Marquis Salon 1/2

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