Smoking and Cancer Treatment (Source:
How does smoking affect cancer treatment?
If you are having treatment for cancer, stopping smoking may
help the treatment work better. It can help your body respond to
the treatment and heal more quickly.
If you stop smoking before having surgery:
* You are likely to recover more quickly
* You are more likely have a shorter stay in hospital
* Your wound is likely to heal more quickly. It is best to stop
smoking 8 weeks before having surgery. But even stopping a few
weeks before and not smoking after surgery will reduce the risk of
Research has shown that stopping smoking during and
may make the treatment more effective. It can also reduce the side
effects of radiotherapy.
You are likely to have fewer
side effects from cancer treatment if you do not smoke and
they also tend to be less severe. Stopping smoking may also lower
the risk of cancer coming back after treatment.
Quitting smoking is the best thing you'll ever
do (Source: Smokefree)
Stopping smoking can make a drastic improvement to your
lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop
smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are
Your body with start to feel better after 20 minutes, when pulse
rate returns to normal. After 8 hours, nicotine and carbon monoxide
levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels
return to normal.
Within just 2 days:
* Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body
* Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
* There is no nicotine in the body
* Your ability to taste and smell is improved
After 72 hours:
* Breathing becomes easier
* Bronchial tubes begin to relax
* Energy levels increase
After 2-12 weeks, your circulation improves. In just 3-9
months, coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung
function increases by up to 10%.
Your health will keep improving. The benefits of quitting
smoking increase over a longer time. After:
1 year, your risk of heart disease is about half compared with a
person who is still smoking
10 years, the risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a
15 years, risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who
has never smoked
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