It's never too late to quit before lung surgery
Smokers preparing for lung cancer surgery should quit smoking before the operation, and the earlier the better, a study shows.
Among patients who had surgery for lung cancer, non-smokers had fewer complications than smokers.
But even those who quit just a few months before surgery had a reduced risk of complications, the Japanese study found.
Previous studies indicated that about a third of patients were current smokers at the time of diagnosis, and 20% were current smokers at the time of surgery, the study