Smoking can also affect your mental health with anxiety and depression more common in long term smokers.
The 4,000 chemicals in smoke also damage the skin, teeth, the immune system and put extra stress on the body during cancer treatment. If you continue to smoke during radiotherapy and chemotherapy it makes those treatments less effective and increases side effects, such as nausea, chest infection and mouth soreness.
Research has shown across a range of cancers that Going Smoke Free will help improve fatigue levels, sleep, pain, nausea, help with treatment recovery and reduce the risk of developing new cancers. Here at The Christie, our Smoking Cessation Team provides not only helpful advice and support, nicotine replacement therapy but also a range of stress management techniques.
The Christie is supporting the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership exsmoker campaign to help people quit smoking.
For further information about our clinics and appointments, please do not hesitate to contact:
- The Christie Smoking Cessation Team on 0161 446 8236 or 0161 918 7175
- Smoking Cessation Service
- Smoking Cessation Leaflet
Macmillan has more information online about stopping smoking, including how this will benefit your health and how to quit the habit.