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If you are having treatment for cancer, stopping smoking may help the treatment work better and can help your body respond to the treatment.

You are likely to have fewer side effects from cancer treatment if you do not smoke and they also tend to be less severe.

Research has shown that stopping smoking during and after radiotherapy increase the effectiveness of treatment and can reduce the side-effects of radiotherapy.

“Stopping smoking is never easy, but it is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. If you have cancer quitting can help to improve your outlook and help treatment be more effective and have fewer side effects. And as well as these important benefits for you, stopping smoking also helps protect the health of people around you.”

- Martin Ledwick, Head Information Nurse at Cancer Research UK

Why now is the time to stop smoking

Respond better to treatment. Smoking cessation has been associated with increased treatment response, a decreased risk in complications, increased quality of life and a reduction in risk of disease progression.

Lower the risk of the cancer coming back. Stopping smoking has been proven to reduce the chance of cancer recurring and will benefit your long-term health by reducing the risk of developing other diseases.

Support from family, friends, and health professionals can make a big difference for people who are quitting smoking. Read about the experiences of others who have become smokefree and how they did it.

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