The problem of cigarette smoking in radiotherapy for cancer in the head and neck

Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 1992 Jul;4(4):214-6. doi: 10.1016/s0936-6555(05)81053-2.


Smoking cigarettes during radiotherapy prolongs the period of reaction and may reduce the chance of cure. Of a group of 48 patients with advanced head and neck cancer 35 were smoking at the time of diagnosis, but 17 were persuaded to stop, although 7 relapsed later. Interviews conducted in 35 of the 48 patients revealed the problems which must be overcome if such patients are to cease smoking.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiotherapy / adverse effects
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking Cessation*