Quitting tobacco after diagnosis boosts survival

People who stop smoking after a cancer diagnosis have significantly improved survival, according to Cancer Council research that has prompted a call for cessation to be included in the guidelines for all forms of the disease.  

The study led by Associate Professor Freddy Sitas (pictured) from Cancer Council NSW estimates smokers who quit after diagnosis have a 43 per cent survival rate compared with 37 per cent for those who continue to smoke.

This translates a 1.8 year gain in expected survival five years after a cancer diagnosis, according to the study published in the