Implementing a Virtual Tobacco Treatment for Cancer Patients in Community Oncology Practices
A research study by the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (ECOG-ACRIN) is evaluating the use of video counseling nationwide to help cancer patients who smoke to quit and stay smoke-free. Up to 30% of cancer patients are smoking tobacco at the time of diagnosis, and the majority continue to smoke. Counseling to help patients stop smoking is not part of standard care for cancer. This is a particular concern in community-based hospitals and clinics, which care for 80% of all cancer patients in the US. In the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, cancer patients are at high risk of severe respiratory illness from infection because cancer and its treatments weaken their immune systems. The World Health Organization cautions that smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as smoking behavior means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips, which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity, which would significantly increase the risk of developing a respiratory illness. To learn if you are eligible for the study, complete the application below, or for more information visit: https://ecog-acrin.org/news-and-info/press-releases/ecog-acrin-offers-stop-smoking-study-for-cancer-patients-seeking-to-lower-covid-19-risk.