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Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 1992 Jul;4(4):214-6.

The problem of cigarette smoking in radiotherapy for cancer in the head and neck.

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Mount Vernon Centre for Cancer Treatment, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, UK.

Abstract

Smoking cigarettes during radiotherapy prolongs the period of reaction and may reduce the chance of cure. Of a group of 48 patients with advanced head and neck cancer 35 were smoking at the time of diagnosis, but 17 were persuaded to stop, although 7 relapsed later. Interviews conducted in 35 of the 48 patients revealed the problems which must be overcome if such patients are to cease smoking.

PMID:
1622882
DOI:
10.1016/s0936-6555(05)81053-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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