A study was recently conducted by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in collaboration with the NN. Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology in Russia. It revealed that individuals diagnosed with lung cancer experienced significant health improvement after quitting smoking.
While what’s ideal is that you don’t need to wait to have lung cancer before you quit smoking, this result brought hope to smokers with lung cancer. The research collected data from 517 recruits who were current smokers during the time they were diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer.
The population samples came from two sites in Moscow, Russia. Out of the 517 lung cancer patients, 44.5% quit smoking. The resulting data showed that patients who quit smoking were likely to live 6.6 years.
This was a significantly higher number compared to the predicted 4.8 years. It also showed that they would live without cancer for 3.9 years to 5.7 years and slow down their disease from 6 years to 7 years.
Meanwhile, similar results came out from a study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology where the high rate of smoking cessation resulted in a low recurrence. Overall, these findings reveal that smoking cessation improves prognosis and reduces the risk of recurrence.