Newscasting from the USA: Quitting Smoking Early Linked to Lower Mortality After NSCLC Diagnosis

For patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), quitting smoking early is associated with lower mortality following diagnosis, according to a study published online May 5 in JAMA Network Open.

Xinan Wang, Ph.D., from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues characterized the association of years since smoking cessation before diagnosis and cumulative smoking pack-years with overall survival among patients with NSCLC. Data were included for 5,594 patients with NSCLC: 14.2, 59.1, and 26.7 percent were never smokers, former smokers, and current smokers, respectively.

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