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Boyles, Salynn. "Smoking Cessation Tx Highly Effective in Cancer Patients." MedPage Today, September 29, 2019.
Smokers with cancer who participated in a comprehensive tobacco cessation program achieved high sustained quit rates, and they were just as likely as patients without cancer to successfully stop smoking cigarettes, a new study finds.
Boyles, Salynn. "Smokers With Cancer May Benefit From Longer Cessation Tx." Med Page Today, January 28, 2019.
Trial showed 24 weeks of Chantix led to better quit rates than 12 weeks of therapy
Boyles, Salynn. "Smoking Cessation Key Component of Cancer Moonshot Program - NCI initiative targets all cancer patients who smoke: "a core part of cancer care"." MedPage Today, January 3, 2019.
Quitting smoking after a cancer diagnosis is now recognized as a highly effective strategy for improving outcomes and survival in a large percentage of patients, but smoking cessation treatment remains uncommon in cancer care.
That may soon change, thanks to an initiative of the National Cancer Institute's "Cancer Moonshot" program, designed to jump-start smoking cessation treatment at NCI-designated cancer centers.
Kishmore, Sandeep, et al. "Making The Case For The Chief Wellness Officer In America’s Health Systems: A Call To Action." Health Affairs, October 26, 2018.
Patient care is being compromised by increasing rates of burnout among America’s clinicians, involving not only physicians, but also nurses, advanced practice providers, and other healthcare workers. Burnout can lead, in some cases, to tragic and even fatal consequences for both clinicians and patients. Because burnout affects the majority of clinicians and suicidal ideation is more common in health professional trainees and practicing physicians than the general public, there is an urgent need for structured and systematic improvements to improve the work life and well-being of our nation’s clinicians.
NCI Staff. "Expanding Smoking Cessation Services at NCI-designated Cancer Centers: An Interview with Dr. Glen Morgan." National Cancer Institute, November 22, 2017.
Smoking rates have decreased substantially in the United States over the past several decades. But, unfortunately, too many smokers who are diagnosed with cancer don’t quit smoking.
NASMHPD Membership. "NASMHPD (National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors) Policy Statement on Tobacco Cessation in All Behavioral Health Settings." July 30, 2017.
Smoking, and tobacco use of any kind, continues to be an issue of focus due to its detriment on health and the well-being of any community. This impact can be felt throughout every facet of life up to and including the cost of healthcare as a result of tobacco use. And, despite great strides in lowering the rate of tobacco use and its health consequences, certain groups have not benefitted from this progress. Chief among them have been persons with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, collectively known as the behavioral health population.
"Rolling with RAGBRAI Day 4: George Weiner and the ‘Kick Butts’ team." UI Health Care: The Loop, July 27, 2017.
UI Health Care employees hit the road for bike ride across Iowa.
Many UI Health Care employees participate in the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) each summer, and this year’s ride is no exception.This week, The Loop is highlighting several UI Health Care staff members cyclingfrom Orange City to Lansing.
Tipperman, Doug, MSW. "Smoking Cessation May Improve Behavioral Health Conditions." NIH Collaborative Research on Addiction, May 10, 2017.
Cigarette smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, responsible for over 480,000 deaths a year. Even though smoking has been decreasing overall, the smoking rate for persons with behavioral health conditions (mental and/or substance use disorders) is about twice that of the rest of the population. The rate is even higher for persons with serious mental illness or who have been in substance use disorder treatment in the past year.
Benz, Edward J., Jr., MD. "How We Can Reduce Cancer Risk and Lower Health Costs." Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Insight, December 18, 2015 | Updated May 22, 2017.
Yesterday, the Boston Board of Health approved a policy raising the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21. This is great news. As a former smoker, I know how easy it was to pick up the habit at age 18. I know how quickly nicotine becomes addictive, and I know how hard it was to finally quit smoking at age 37. As a physician and president of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, I see daily the heartbreak and havoc that tobacco wreaks on patients, families and health care costs.
Hirschman, Carolyn. "Going for Gold." Employee Benefit News, September 17, 2007.
At $1 an apple, there weren't many takers at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's cafeterias. The center's wellness team got the price lowered to 75 cents to encourage diners to eat more fresh fruit. Count it as one small step in the battle against cancer.